The Telegraph
Wednesday , November 28 , 2012
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Agri centre at heritage site

- Laxmi Niwas to be restored

The state agriculture department, with technical support from Intach, Jharkhand chapter, is looking forward to restoring Laxmi Niwas, a piece of heritage, to make room for an agriculture resource centre-cum-museum.

Situated in front of the state agriculture department’s office on Kanke Road, the old, red brick structure with architectural carving, which was once owned by a zamindar of Bengal and had also housed the agriculture office of Jharkhand, is in a dilapidated state. The agriculture department is keen on conserving it and setting up the proposed agriculture resource centre, which will boast state-of-the-art facilities besides imparting updated information regularly.

S.D. Singh, convener of Intach, Jharkhand chapter, informed that officials of the agriculture department had approached them to conserve the heritage structure for which a detailed project report would be prepared. “Our responsibility will be to conserve, monitor and supervise it while a private entity will be roped in to restore the place,” Singh said.

According to Singh, the department will float a tender and invite quotations from bidders having experience in the field of conservation for the facelift project. He expressed hope that conservation work would begin from January next year after initial proceedings are over.

Officials in the agriculture department said the centre would provide information and know-how on technologies to farmers and horticulturists. “Farmers from various districts will be invited to attend special sessions updating them about facilities and technological advancements that can be used by them to enhance their crop quality,” said an official.

This apart, experts will be invited from time to time to interact with farmers.

The double-storeyed Laxmi Niwas spread over 10,000sqft was built in 1905. The agriculture department in then undivided Bihar took its possession in the 1970s.