Not just the Congress party, several other prominent personalities across India, as well as Twitterati in general, reacted to this, and in most cases, the reaction was not very positive.
Here are some Twitter, Facebook reactions to the Modi government's 'Adopt a monument' scheme under which Dalmia Bharat Group has bagged Delhi's iconic Red Fort
Scottish historian, writer and a known expert on India's history, William Dalrymple, said: "There must be better ways of maintaining a nation's greatest monuments than by auctioning them off to a corporate house."
lrfan Habib, an Indian historian, welcomed the move but also warned ASI to keep a close watch on the development.
After handing over the Red Fort to the Dalmia group, which is the next distinguished location that the BJP government will lease out to a private entity? #IndiaSpeaks
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 28, 2018
Is this happening for real???!!!
This is what it has come to ???? I don’t even want to start with who to blame for this!
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 27, 2018
There must be better ways of maintaining a nation's greatest monuments than by auctioning them off to a corporate househttps://t.co/uO66Rr4Hu1
— William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) April 27, 2018
This brings an interesting twist to your current story 'The Anarchy' about how a corporate power took over the sub-continent. Now they are taking over its heritage!
— White Mughals Fan (@WhiteMughalsFan) April 28, 2018
Red Fort to become Dalmia Bharat's Red Fort. Good that a corporate house came forward to restore a monument as huge as the Red Fort. However, history, particularly medieval, is being dragged into unsavoury controversies. ASI need to keep a close watch, if that works at all.
— S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) April 28, 2018
Amid all the chest-beating about patriotism, Modi's govt has auctioned the iconic Red Fort to the highest bidder. What a shame.https://t.co/ioiKkU6ctt
— Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) April 27, 2018
The Red Fort is not the property of the State to do what it wills.
It was made by the labour, the blood, sweat, and tears of Indian workers. It belongs to the people. "Adopt a monument", what euphemism for corporate appropriation of our history.
— Anupam Guha (@Anupam_Guha) April 27, 2018
Heritage on sale!! Wondering where all tax goes. Not on health, education, women welfare, upkeep of monuments. https://t.co/cZkvPYH7QH
— Shabnam Hashmi (@ShabnamHashmi) April 28, 2018
Instead of privatising heritage monuments like #RedFort, privatise PSUs & PSBs. Besides, giving corporate branding rights to Dalmia Bharat for Rs 5 crore/year is crass. Instead appoint contractor to maintain monument, no branding, just annual fee @dr_maheshsharma @alphonstourism
— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) April 28, 2018
The tasks that have to be carried out by Dalmia Bharat group under the contract:
Dalmia group's 6-month target:
Provide drinking water kiosks
Street furniture-like benches
Dalmia group's 1-year target
Lighting along Red Fort pathways, bollards
Restoration work and landscaping
Building a 1,000-square-foot visitor facility centre,
3-D projection mapping of the Red Fort’s interior and exterior
Charging stations for such vehicles
A thematic cafeteria
Dalmia group's 2-year-target tasks include
Setting up exhibitions in cells under the Asad Burj
Virtual reality-based monument interpretation
Building night trails and structural illumination of the entire Red Fort