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Heritage auditorium of Pune’s Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute to open in March

The institute was allotted ₹5 crore in the 2007-2008 budget by the central government for carrying out repair and renovation works.

pune Updated: Jan 31, 2018 21:24 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The institute was vandalised in 2004 by activists of Sambhaji Brigade, during which the property and old books, among other things, were destroyed. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) will open its newly constructed heritage auditorium by March this year. The institute was allotted ₹5 crore in the 2007-2008 budget by the central government for carrying out repair and renovation works.

The institute was vandalised in 2004 by activists of Sambhaji Brigade, during which the property and old books, among other things, were destroyed.

Speaking about the works undertaken by the institute, Bhupal Patwardhan from BORI said, "The auditorium is 90 per cent complete and will be operational from March this year. There was a heritage structure in the location, which collapsed a few years ago and in its place, the heritage auditorium has been built. Apart from the auditorium, eight hostel rooms have also been renovated and are now available to scholars visiting the institute."

Even as the institute was allotted ₹5 crore in 2007-2008, the actual work only started in 2014.

Speaking about the delay, Patwardhan said, "Earlier, we had approached the Public Works Department (PWD) for carrying out the work, but PWD did respond, which in turn led to the delay. Later, we floated tenders and the work was given to private contractors."

Patwardhan further clarified that the allegation that the institute utilised the interest on ₹5 crore fund, which was unused till 2014, was completely untrue.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 21:20 IST