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National Library,Indian Museum to be revamped:Soni

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, July 5 (UNI) The Union Ministry of Tourism will revamp the National Library and Indian Museum to develop these heritage sites as international tourist destinations.

Speaking to mediapersons, after a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee here today, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni said, ''Upgradation and restoration of these two heritage sites form a part of the 'National Heritage' project. Under this project, several other heritage sites and tourist destinations like Ajanta caves and Hampi will be included.

''Apart from upgradation, we are going to look at restoration and security concerns of the National Museum, the richest museum in the country. The Archaeological Survey of India will be appointed for restoration work,'' Ms Soni said.

''The Union Ministry is under the process of identifying a large number of heritage sites under this project,'' she added.

Initially, a pilot project would be initiated and a panel of experts engaged in the project. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and state chief ministers would also monitor the National Heritage project.

When asked about the finacial assistance for this project, Ms Soni said, ''The Union Finance Ministry is yet to allocate the fund for this project. However, the Centre will make special concessions.'' UNI JYN PL RR DS1520

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