Prime Minister Narendra Modi,on Monday inaugurated Phase-II of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and other dignitaries.
Created in the area of 1, 30,000 square feet, the museum will be a new home to around 2000 artifacts that will tell the tale of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the presidents of India.
The Phase-II Museum has been developed at the site of a heritage building, where the Garage for Rashtrapati Bhavan vehicles was earlier located.
Phase –I of the Museum, developed in the erstwhile stables of Rashtrapati Bhavan which used to house horses and ceremonial coaches, opened on July 25, 2014.The inauguration of Phase-II of the Museum completes the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex.
It took almost two years for the completion of the museum, which cost an estimated Rs 80 crore, and, according to Paul, their purpose is to take the common people on a ride through the history of President’s estate.
On the inaugration, Modi expressed his gratitude in full force towards the President. He said that the President has been more of a mentor to him,who helped him through.
Apart from the artifacts, various censors are also installed in the museum which will help in protecting the possessions from lights that cause discoloration.
President Mukherjee was happy to say that on conclusion of four years he had been able to open the doors of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the common people.