New Delhi: India Inc has joined the fray to garner votes for Taj Mahal’s inclusion in the new list of Seven Wonders of the World, with industry body Assocham appealing to its members to vote for the monument.
In a communication to its over two lakh members, Assocham said: “SMS written by Indian Inc in large numbers would have a special impact in unanimously endorsing public sentiments toward voting for the Taj.”
The new list for the Seven Wonders would be announced on 7 July in Lisbon.
Inclusion of the Taj Mahal would be a matter of great pride for every Indian, Assocham President Venugopal Dhoot said, adding that if the monument gets a place among the seven wonders, daily tourist arrivals to it would double to over 25,000 from the present 12,000.
The chamber further said a separate ‘Heritage Fund´ with a corpus of Rs 10,000 crore should be created under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for maintenance of historical monuments.
“India Inc should contribute 50 per cent to the fund, while the remaining could come from government resources,” Dhoot said, adding that the fund should be monitored by the Centre and have representation from ASI, state governments and Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
It said historical monuments and heritage sites could also be managed if institutions and corporate houses offer to adopt them and take responsibility for repairs.
Institutions should however not turn this into a profit making activity, it added.