The state government has decided to invite tenders to upgrade the existing interior decor of the 92-year-old Patna Museum.
Earlier, experts from the Integrated Design Service (IDS), National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), had worked out a complete changeover of the existing design and arrangements of the museum’s lighting system and galleries to match international standards.
The state government is not likely to entrust this job to the NID in view of the involvement of a huge amount. According to official sources, the NID had submitted a proposal with a total estimated cost of Rs 14 crore.
Bihar’s culture secretary Vivek K Singh said: “We will invite fresh tenders to redesign the museum.” The NID has quoted a huge amount which is not feasible, Singh told TOI. The state government had spent a substantial amount on the visit of the NID experts to Patna last year. The state culture department had also organized a two-day workshop at the Patna Museum to take opinion of the experts.
“A major part of the time has already lapsed in this project. We will soon shortlist the firm to start the process of redesigning the museum,” an official said.
Last year, a three-member team of experts from the NID, had made an on-the-spot assessment of the Patna Museum. The team members — IDS chairman Anil Sinha, associate senior faculty, Inter-disciplinary Design Studies, Mihir Bholey and associate senior faculty in photography Deepak John Matthew — had spent two days here to prepare a road map on design and communication intervention of this project.
The team had also suggested to set up a separate corridor, “Bihar through the Ages”, on the pattern of a permanent exhibition of Nehru’s “Discovery of India” in Mumbai. The main idea was to acquaint visitors with the history of Bihar, right from the pre-historic period till Independence.
The team has visualized the construction of “History Wall’ with “Time Line” by delineating the history of Bihar at the proposed annexe building. The entrance of the annexe building is likely to be connected through an overhead foot bridge.