State likely to discuss proposal to hike grant for Kelkar museum

The state government is likely to discuss the proposal of hiking grant for setting up Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum at the Bavdhan plot on July 25.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 13, 2012 1:07 am

The state government is likely to discuss the proposal of hiking grant for setting up Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum at the Bavdhan plot on July 25.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum,which is located off Bajirao Road,is currently spread over 15,000 sq ft,displaying only 12 per cent of the 20,000-odd exhibits it has in its possession. The museum had only recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

With the government allocating six acres to the museum authorities in Bavdhan,the proposal of hiking grant to Rs 55-Rs 60 lakh has been doing the rounds. The next meeting is likely to take the discussion forward,said a senior government official after a meeting held in Mumbai.

The state government had hiked the annual grant from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 35 lakh last year. The resolution said the increase in grant comes in the backdrop of rising maintenance costs. Meanwhile,museum director Sudhanva Ranade said that hiking grant will help upkeep considering the rising costs.

“This issue is likely to be taken up in the next meeting,’’ said Ranade,who met Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday.

The Kelkar Museum collection was handed over to the state government in March 1962,but it was only in 2004 that the government allocated six acres to the museum authorities in Bavdhan,Taluka Mulshi. The hike in grant is to support building for the proposed “museum city” in Bavdhan.

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