Adopt Heritage scheme: The Taj Mahal is in news lately. But, it is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Union Tourism Ministry announced its first list of 14 heritage sites ‘adopted’ by private groups under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ programme on Wednesday in which the 17th-century monument did not feature. The heritage monuments included Delhi’s Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, Purana Qila, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Agrasen ki Baoli, ruins of Hampi, Sin temple of Odisha, Leh Palace, Gangotri Temple and Stok Kangri in Ladakh among others, that have been adopted for the maintenance and upkeep purposes.Under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ programme, heritage sites will be entrusted to public and private enterprises and individuals for maintenance. President Ram Nath Kovind had launched the initiative on World Tourism Day last month. Tourism secretary Rashmi Verma said while the ministry had not found private entities coming forward to adopt the Taj Mahal just yet, the heritage monument would remain available for adoption in future.
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