Chandigarh, March 1 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today announced that the State Government would set up a museum in sector 5, Panchkula to preserve the rich ancient civilization of the state. The museum will be developed over an area of two acres.
The Chief Minister was addressing the officers after launching the construction of a Site Museum-cum-Interpretation Centre at Rakhi Garhi by unveiling its plaque here today. Rakhi Garhi is the biggest Harappan site in India and the second largest Harappan site after Mohenjodaro in district Hisar. The Chief Minister exhorted the officers to remain in touch with Union Ministry of Culture for getting financial aid from Central Government for construction of the museum in Panchkula. In addition, the State Government would also provide all necessary funds for the setting up of this museum, he added. While referring to the Site Museum-cum-Interpretation Centre to be set up at Rakhi Garhi at a cost of Rs 23.85 crore, he directed the officers for its early completion. He also asked them to provide budget required for solar system in this museum.
Apart from the museum, the centre would also have a provision of a rest house, a hostel and café. Provision would also be made for light and sound system, lifts, solar lighting and solar power plant, CCTV cameras, solar water heating system, 1000 KVA electric sub station, 325 KVA DG set and fire fighting system or fire alarm. He also asked them to pay attention to other districts like Rohtak, Fatehabad and Kaithal where remains of ancient civilization were available. Describing the Rakhi Garhi as an important place, the Chief Minister said that remains of the largest city of the Harappan civilisation were found during excavation in Rakhi Garhi.
He said that the Rakhi Garhi site museum being located in western part of the state would attract the attention of people from all over the world which will go a long way in ensuring the development of this area. The state government is also in the process of developing international airport at Hisar. Besides, the Saraswati Circuit would also cover the area from Adibadri to Sirsa. Speaking on this occasion, Archaeology Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma said that archaeological excavations at Rakhi Garhi have revealed all the defining features of the Indus Valley Civilization. He also thanked the Chief Minister for showing great interest in the project as a result of which construction work of museum would be started. Excavation at Rakhi Garhi has revealed a well planned city, which is one of the four largest townships of the Indus civilization, he added. Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu urged the Chief Minister that Rakhi Garhi being an important site of ancient civilization, it should also be developed as an international tourist destination. In addition, it should be developed as a research centre for archeological purposes.
Additional Chief Secretary, Archaeology and Museums Mr. Vijai Vardhan made a brief presentation about archaeological site at village Rakhi Garhi. Those present on the occasion included Minister of State for Cooperation Mr. Bikram Singh Yadav, Chief Secretary Mr D.S. Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary Public Works (Building and Roads)Department, Mr Hardeep Singh, Principal Secretary and Director General Archaeology and Museums Mr Ashok Khemka and other senior officers of the State Government.