Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the newly constructed building of District Museum in Dibrugarh.
The new building will provide a permanent infrastructure with modern facilities for research, collection of artefacts and their preservation which was a long felt need in Upper Assam.
This new three-story building has been constructed at a cost of Rs 3.43 crore.
The building accommodates six galleries, a basement for parking facilities, an auditorium and office rooms.
Out of the six galleries, infra work of the archaeology gallery is complete and has been opened for public viewing. It has been developed under the aegis of Assam State Museum Management Society at a cost of Rs 11 lakh.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal after inaugurating the new building visited the archaeology gallery which houses stones and terracotta scriptures discovered in the remnants of ancient and medieval Hindu temples and archaeological sites of Assam.
A very remarkable artefact of this gallery is a stone inscription which dates back to 675-725 AD.
The other 5 galleries, which are still at the planning stage, will display ethnographic heritage, numismatic, arm and armours, textiles and manuscripts.
Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Sonowal said that with the inauguration of the new building of the Dibrugarh District Museum a long standing demand of the people of the district has been fulfilled.
He said that the new building, which is second largest in size after the Assam State Museum in Guwahati, would provide a fitting platform for preservation of rich heritage of the State.
Sonowal observed that students and researchers would also be immensely benefitted from this museum.
Assam Minister of State for Cultural Affairs – Naba Kumar Doley, MLAs – Prashanta Phukan, Rituparna Baruah and Terosh Gowala, Chief Executive Member of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council – Dipu Ranjan Makrari, Commissioner & Secretary of Cultural Affairs Department – Madhurima Sen Baruah and Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner – Pallab Gopal Jha were present during the inauguration of the new building.
Noteworthy is that the district museum in Dibrugarh was established on 16th March, 1987 and since then it was functioning from the district library building.