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Government Museum’s facelift marred by tender process

Due to the age of the building and old wiring, a short circuit may cause irreparable damage to the ancient artifacts it houses.

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Government Museum at Kasturba Road
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The Museum is awaiting renovation involving re electrification and re painting

 

Bangalore, November 24, 2017: The Government Museum at Kasturba Road is awaiting renovations, the order to which had been passed in June this year.


“The decision was taken in June, but the whole process will take around a year, may be more as the project is still at the tender stage. Once that is done, it will start,” added Dr. Gopal. In the month of June, a committee headed by additional chief secretary, Ratna Prabha K had approved a Rs. 1 crore renovation project for the Government Museum.


“The work will be done in two phases. First, the re-painting of the interiors will be done. In the second phase the re-wiring will be completed,” said Dr. Gopal, the Director (Museums) Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage. The museum, established in the year 1865 is home to many ancient and medieval artifacts like coins, statues, paintings and inscriptions. The exterior of the museum had undergone renovation for its 150th year celebration two years ago but its interiors were left untouched.


“Repainting is definitely required. The re painting is to be done inside the museum and it will improve the look of the whole place. The re-electrification will help as well as the building is old,” said Manjula, curator of the Museum. In a bid to make the visit more engaging, the museum provides visitors with a free mobile app called Pinakin that works as a tourist guide.


Last year the museum saw around 122,000 footfalls when the entry fee was Rs.4. This year the entry fee has been raised to Rs.20 and 69,698 people visited so far.

 
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