Victoria Jubilee Museum
Victoria Jubilee Museum. The April deadline for reopening of the face lifted century-old Victoria Jubilee Museum expired nearly one and a half months...
renovation works way behind schedule
The April deadline for reopening of the face lifted century-old Victoria Jubilee Museum expired nearly one and a half months ago. About 40 per cent of the museum renovation works are yet to be completed. It may take another four to five months to complete the works. The reopening of the museum is unlikely till the end of the year much to the disappointment of history lovers of the coastal region.
When contacted, S Bangaraiah, Assistant Director, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Krishna and Guntur districts, said, “Civil works costing about Rs 15 lakh are still pending. Earlier, it was proposed to reopen the museum by April. The April deadline could not be met due to various reasons.
It may take another three to four months to complete the 40 per cent of pending works which include plastering, plumbing and electrical wiring. The slab was laid 20 days ago. We are marking efforts to complete the renovation works on a war-footing.’’
The renovation of the heritage structure was taken up in the first quarter of last year at a cost of Rs 50 lakh with the 13th Finance Commission grants. The grants were exclusively meant for undertaking the repairs works. The compound wall was constructed as part of the repair and renovation works.
A concrete structure was supposed to come up on the top floor of the museum. The Department of Archaeology and Museums had taken all precautions to ensure that the original grandeur of the heritage structure was not disturbed during its renovation.
Built in 1887 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria's coronation, the museum is a fusion of Indo-European architecture. The museum on Mahatma Gandhi Road has an extensive collection of ancient sculptures, paintings and other artifacts.
The roof of the first floor of the museum developed cracks with the passage of time. It started leaking when it rained posing a threat to historical paintings and other artifacts housed on the first floor.
By Ch Sowmya Sruthi