In a first, state tourism department turned custodian of prestigious heritage buildings in city . State cabinet cleared a proposal to transfer Chhattar Manzil, Kothi Darshan Vilas and Lal Baradari from state culture department to tourism department.
The properties belonged to the state archaeology directorate, a unit of culture department, since 1956. According to an official statement, the transfer is aimed at developing a cultural complex comprising the three buildings.
The aim is to add to the experience of tourists heading to the city . An official spokesperson said with its experience in hospitality , the tourism department was deemed right for handling the responsibility.
It may be recalled, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had wanted to develop Chhattar Manzil into a live museum of Avadh’s legacy . He also launched the Chhattar Manzil Restoration project in February 2015 and later appointed INTACH to prepare a `reuse and revitalisation of the Nawabi building’.
Four key aspects were identified: addressing structural damages, ensuring safety of the building, shifting of the state archaeology directorate in the Chhatar Manzil building and to initiate planning for development of live museum as a part of `reuse’ plan.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 18-10-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com