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Sneak peek at swanky museum models

Patna, Feb. 1: Visitors to the proposed international museum on the southern flank of Bailey Road will be able to not only observe exhibits but also learn about history or chill out at a café. Better still, all these would be eco-friendly.

Residents of the city can see the five short-listed models for the museum, including the approved one, at an exhibition in Patna Museum a fortnight later.

Though the exact date of the exhibition has not been announced, JPN Singh, the additional director of Patna Museum, today told The Telegraph: “We will host a 10-day exhibition within a fortnight, where the models prepared by all five short-listed firms would be showcased.”

The state cabinet selected Maki & Associates and its Indian partner OPOLIS as the consultant architect for the museum on January 24. The work award was issued the next day. An agreement between the selected firm and the building construction department was also signed on January 25.

Singh added that New Patliputra Museum would have four zones — educational, administrative, a lobby and the permanent gallery — sprawling over 13 acres.

The museum would also be eco-friendly and the buildings would insulate themselves.

A source said: “During the daytime, the permanent galleries would be lit up with the help of filtered, indirect light and blackout screens on the roof. The air-conditioning unit will use underground geothermal cool tubes. Fresh air would be cooled with the help of convection currents.”

An official of the building construction department said tenders for the first phase of construction of the building would be issued in June this year. “We expect to float tenders for the foundation of the building project by June. The bidding process would continue for another two months. The developer would be selected after that. The actual construction work is likely to start in November this year,” said a senior officer of the building construction department.

Sources said the project would be completed by 2015. The preliminary budget is Rs 300 crore.

Once opened, it would showcase Bihar’s contribution to human civilisation.


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