Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will lay the foundation stone of a museum at Rakhi Garhi village in the district on June 12.
The village was part of the ancient Indus Valley and Harappan settlements. In May 2012, the Global Heritage Fund declared Rakhi Garhi one of the 10 most endangered heritage sites in Asia. Since then, efforts are on to preserve the archaeological site as a part of the world heritage.
The villagers are delighted at the forthcoming project and the state government's announcement to declare Rakhi Garhi a model village. National museum, New Delhi; International Archaeological Society; and the state government will provide financial aid for the museum's construction.
Villagers, at a meeting on Sunday, passed a resolution thanking the government for speeding up the museum's work. "Once the museum's construction starts, villagers will get work. Tourists from far and wide will the place.
We are happy that Rakhi Garhi will come on the world map soon," sarpanch Rajbir Singh Malik, who presided over meeting, said.
During excavation in the village, archaeologists found paved roads, drainage system, rainwater harvesting system, storage system, terracotta bricks, statues, and skilled metal work (in bronze and precious metals). Besides, jewellery, including bangles made from terracotta, conch shells, gold, and semi-precious stones, were found.