At last, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has taken the possession of the museum building at Suketi. The issue was pending for the past three years.
Meanwhile, director of tourism has rejected the proposal of the district administration for providing security to the museum.
The GSI had expressed concern over the security of fossils kept in a small museum at Suketi Fossil Park. The authorities concerned had blamed paucity of funds for making the building operational.
Sources said the district administration had sent a proposal to the director, tourism, for providing the security to the museum, but it was rejected recently.
After taking over the possession, the GSI may shift the fossils into the new building of the museum in a couple of weeks. The district administration had convened a meeting for the possession of the building in mid-June.
During a meeting with the district administration and the tourism department, GSI officials said they were anxious to shift the fossils to the new building as soon as possible, as the museum was in a deplorable condition.
The GSI had decided to construct a museum on international standards at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore in December 2008, for which GSI's former director general PM Tejale had laid the foundation stone on December 6, 2008. Interestingly, around 300-400 fossils of the Jurassic era were kept in a deplorable condition for decades, but suddenly concerns were raised over their security.
A 1,50,000-year-old two-and-a-half-feet-long ivory was discovered in the area on October 30, 2010, after which the park was developed to give a glimpse of terrestrial life during the Plio-Pleistocene period (about 2.5 million years ago) through massive forestation, which has also provided green cover to the area.
Additional divisional magistrate Manmohan Sharma confirmed that the proposal of the security was rejected and added that the GSI was yet to apprise the administration about the possession of the building through a written communication.