Heritage Sites Should Be Rented Out For Social, Family Events: Panel
While you may not be able to rent heritage sites for your family events, you would be able to hold a family event in certain portions of such sites. For that to happen, however, the ministry of culture would have to accept the suggestion made by a Parliamentary panel.
The Lok Sabha Public Accounts Committee on Preservation and Conservation of Monuments and Antiquities, which has recently submitted a report suggesting ways in which the ministry can generate revenues, has said parts of heritage sites could be rented out at a premium for social and family events after putting in place proper guidelines.
"The recommendation for the ministry to explore enhancing revenue generation through premium renting of well-known sites for social and family events with proper guidelines has not been brooded upon with seriousness ... The committee had deliberated the issue in-depth and considered and opined that certain areas of some well-known monuments like the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal, the Victoria Memorial Hall could very well be earmarked and rented out for events like marriages, plays and musicals at premium rates without hurting the monuments by developing strict guidelines and close supervision," the panel, headed by Mallikarjun Kharge, said in its report.
Earlier, the ministry had declined to accept the panel’s recommendation that heritage sites be rented out for such events, saying doing so might be detrimental to the state of the monument.
"If the Archaeological Survey of India is not in favour of renting heritage monuments for social and family events, possibilities should be explored if such events can be held in the backdrop of those monuments,” the panel further suggested.