Residency light and sound programme to be re-started in Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh Tourism department has decided to invite bids for selection of an agency or operator for upgrading, modernisation, operation and maintenance of the Light and Sound show at Residency, Lucknow.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the purpose was approved at a high level government meeting chaired by Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC), Anil Kumar Gupta and attended by senior officials of departments of Tourism, Finance, Law, etc.
IIDC, Anil Kumar Gputa said, "State government is keen to develop tourism in a big way across Uttar Pradesh, the light and sound show at residency was very popular with the public and hence, it has been decided to restart it." He added that the show would provide a window to rich historical heritage of Lucknow along with popularising other monuments in the vicinity.
Hitherto suspended Light and Sound show at historical Residency building in Lucknow will be restarted under PPP mode.
Light and Sound show at Residency was very popular but had been suspended a few years ago. The project has been recently taken over by UP State Tourism Development Corporation(UPSTDC).
Existing infrastructure requires repairing and upgrading. The bidder who asks for minimum cost from UP State Tourism Development Corporation for repairing and upgrading the same along with other criteria specified will be selected.
Selected agency will be allowed to run the show for a period of five years. It is planned that operator will share the 5 per cent of revenue with UPSTDC after one year of starting the show.
The revenue sharing percentage will be incremented by 5 per cent annually thereafter.
The Residency at Lucknow is actually a group of buildings that were built in 1800 AD by the then Nawab of Oudh, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. It was constructed in order to serve as the residence of British Resident General, who was representative in the court of Nawab.
One of the historical landmarks of Lucknow, it has been declared a protected monument by the Archeological Survey of India.