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Cabinet push to early construction of museum

- Facility on Bailey Road to be completed by March 22, 2015, to coincide with Bihar Divas

Residents of the state capital would be able to view artefacts related to ancient Patliputra and Bihar’s contribution to world civilisation at a new museum on Bailey Road five months early.

The state cabinet on Tuesday set a new deadline for the completion of the construction of the new museum — March 22, 2015. Earlier, the museum was supposed to be completed by August 2015.

Cabinet co-ordination department principal secretary Ravikant said: “The cabinet approved a new deadline for the completion of the international museum — March 22, 2015, so that it coincides with Bihar Divas celebrations that year.”

The cabinet also approved a proposal for spending Rs 400 crore for the project. The amount would include Rs 200 crore on the construction of museum and fees of consultant, Rs 150 crore for exhibition of concept and artefacts and Rs 50 crore to provide training to manpower for the upkeep of the museum.The construction of the museum is expected to start this year.

Spread on an area of around 13.2acre on the southern flank of Bailey Road between LN Mishra Institute and the Hartali Mor railway crossing, the museum would be built in accordance with world-class standards, reflecting the contribution of Bihar to world civilisation.

The department of art, culture and youth affairs is responsible for developing the museum. Canada-based Lord Cultural Resources (LCR) is the master-planner consultant for the ambitious project. The company has also been given the contract for exhibition design and providing training to manpower for the upkeep of the facility.

Ravikant said: “It has been decided that the exhibition design and training to manpower will be provided by LCR. This will not only save Rs 10.5 crore but will also the save the time spent in issuing fresh tenders to new bidders.”

Inviting new bidders would take at least six months more. Also, other agencies interested in the project had made higher bids.

Japan-based Maki and Associates with its Indian partner Opolis have been selected as the consultants for the architecture design of the New Patliputra Museum.

The facility would showcase the ancient Nalanda and Vikramshila universities. It would also house stone, bronze and terracotta sculptures and artefacts related to ancient Patliputra. The museum would have four zones — educational, administrative, a lobby and the permanent gallery.

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.”


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