Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray's plan to set up a state-of-the-art museum to commemorate the Samyukta Maharashtra movement will not be ready by its May-1 deadline.
On April 30 2010, Sena chief had inaugurated the partially done Samyukta Maharashtra museum as part of the state's golden jubilee celebration. However, a year down the line, not a single visitor has been able to enter the museum in Dadar (West). The reason - it still to be completed.
The museum is supposed to showcase rare photographs, newspaper clippings and documents of the agitation that culminated in the creation of Maharashtra. It had photographs of leaders such as SM Joshi, Gulabrao Ganacharya, Tara Reddy and PK Atre and other memorabilia.
Mayor Shraddha Jadhav confirmed that the ongoing work at the museum meant that it won't be ready for the Maharashtra Day celebration.
Sanjay Sure, a consultant looking after the internal work in the museum, said: "The delay was due to expansion of civil work on the first floor, which was not a part of the original plan. We have tried to finish most of the work and the museum would be ready in a month's time."
"There is no separate budget sanctioned for the construction of the museum. Around Rs52 crore has been sanction for reconstruction of the Olympic-size swimming pool [in the same premises] and the museum," said a senior civic official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to media.
"It's a matter of sentiment as the museum has not opened within the golden jubilee year," added another civic official.