The Narendra Modi authorities is planning to arrange a world-class centralised storage facility, unfold over round 2 lakh sq. toes, for 1.95 lakh antiquities of the National Museum as soon as the gallery is relocated as proposed to the North and South Blocks as a part of the Central Vista plan.
News18.com has accessed unique particulars of the plan, underneath which the federal government additionally envisions to develop this centralised storage facility to five lakh sq. toes sooner or later to cater to the wants of different museums, establishments and the Archaeological Survey of India.
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“It is envisaged that such a central storage facility may be designed in a way that it shall be able to cater to the need of the next 100 years. This storage, which may be located away from the city, shall also serve as secured repository for all national treasures. The concept of creating a centralised storage, delinked from the museum, is the current global trend and many developed countries like Germany, France and The Netherlands have already developed national repositories,” says an Expression of Interest (EoI) floated by the National Museum on October 14.
Questions had been raised earlier on the destiny of practically 2.06 lakh antiquities of the National Museum as soon as it’s relocated to the North and South Blocks underneath the Central Vista plan. Presently, solely 7,000 of those objects are on show on the National Museum, whereas the remaining are saved there in an space of 45,000 sq. toes.
The EoI, seen by News18.com, proposes to relocate the National Museum to the North and South Blocks the place a “new museum aggregating all museums of India and depicting the making of India will be established”.
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Around 8,000-10,000 objects of the National Museum will likely be displayed within the ‘New National Museum of India’, whereas the remainder of the 1.95 lakh objects will have to be preserved.
There has additionally been concern over the destiny of the artefacts on the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and the National Archives Annexe, if these buildings need to make means for the Central Vista. In May this yr, a bunch of 70 intellectuals had additionally written to the Prime Minister asking how the National Museum artwork objects will likely be saved and ultimately displayed.
The Big Plan
The National Museum is in search of the assistance of an company which is able to research the class, nature and quantum of antiquities of the National Museum and conceptualise an acceptable storage facility with state-of-the-art expertise and adhering to worldwide requirements and greatest practices. The new storage facility will guarantee safekeeping of invaluable objects, have customised weather conditions, a real-time monitored safety system, together with disaster-proofing and RFID tagging of objects, a full-fledged conservation laboratory for periodic checking of objects and conducting need-based conservation.
“The designing of a storage facility for museums requires special consideration as the value of the contents in the storage building often far exceeds the value of the building itself. Even a minor shortfall in building performance with respect to heat, air and moisture control can compromise the collections and lead to irreversible damage,” the EoI doc specifies.
It says that the present National Museum buildings had been in-built 1960, and over time, the variety of objects in assortment have grown considerably resulting in acute scarcity of area and storage infrastructure.
“Also, the existing storage space is not fully disaster-proof. Current storage space is around 45,000 square feet that includes open space for keeping stone sculptures. The display area at National Museum is 1.5 lakh square feet,” the EoI says.
Hence, to cater to the necessity of customised storage for National Museum objects, which aren’t on show, a devoted and customised reserve retailer delinked from any museum area has been proposed. “Reserve store is not accessible to general public, thus, it is preferred to have the storage delinked from public facilities like museum,” the doc says.
The objects within the assortment on the National Museum belong to varied dynasties and intervals starting from pre-historic period (10,000 BCE), the Indus Valley civilisation (5,000-1,800 BCE) to as latest as 1,900 CE. These embrace metallic numismatics and epigraphy gadgets, central Asian antiquities, work, manuscripts, arms, stone and terracotta archaeology gadgets, natural and wooden anthropology gadgets in addition to pre-history stones and stuccos.
The chosen company in query will first put together and submit an method paper with a conceptual design of the proposed facility for analysis and approval by an skilled committee appointed by the Ministry of Culture. This will likely be adopted by preparation of an in depth challenge report after approval and the company can also serve later as a challenge administration advisor.