First brick for heritage home

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 10.07.13
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Bihar Museum.

The museum, constructed at an estimated outlay of Rs 530 crore, would come up over an area of 13.5 acres on the southern flank of Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Bailey Road, over the next 20 months.

Nitish said: “Though Patna Museum is globally acclaimed, it faces shortage of space and the artefacts and exhibits are not maintained on a par with international standards. Therefore, we decided to develop a museum of international standard and named it Bihar Museum.”

The building construction department and the department of art, culture and youth affairs are jointly developing the new museum. The contract for the construction was given to L&T in June.

“Senior L&T executives have claimed that they would complete the construction before the expected period to complete the project. The financial plan of the museum and selection of employees to run the centre would be finalised during this period. We would inaugurate the museum on March 22, 2015, on Bihar Divas,” the chief minister said.

The site of the proposed museum was earlier occupied by seven old bungalows between LN Mishra Institute and Hartali Mor. The building construction department has demolished all the bungalows in the past couple of weeks.

According to sources, the majority portion of the proposed museum on a built-up area of 25,000 square meters would be G+1 structure with a very small portion being G+4.

The museum would be divided into four zones — educational, lobby, administrative and permanent gallery.

The educational zone would comprise a library, a learning centre to impart knowledge on archaeology and history.

The lobby zone would comprise a big multi-purpose events space, VIP lounge and cafeteria-cum-coffee bar.

The administrative zone would comprise a three-storeyed building.

The permanent gallery zone would comprise a Buddhist sculpture courtyard surrounded by two fully air-conditioned double-storeyed permanent collection galleries.

The government had signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada-based consultancy firm Lord Cultural Resources in July 2011 to appoint them master consultant for the project.

Director of the firm Robert Lamarre said: “Most museums in India are based on traditional concept of conservation archaeological artefacts. Bihar Museum would not be confined to conserving artefacts. The exhibits would be complemented with new audio-visual and interactive methods. There would also be a separate block for children. Corten steel (rust proof low alloy steel) would be used in parts of the museum to ensure longevity of the structure.”

The state cabinet approved the selection of Japan-based Maki & Associates and its Indian partner OPOLIS in January 2012 as the primary consultant architect for the project.