Garhwal: Owing to the lackadaisical attitude of PWD and archeology department, the fate of the project to convert ancestral home of freedom fighter Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna into a museum seems to be in limbo.

According to reports, the ancestral home of Bahuguna- a two-storey building, is crying for help as the Public Welfare Department and archeology department of the Uttarakhand government have failed to maintain it.

Hemwati Bahuguna is one such personality from Uttarakhand who actively participated in the freedom movement and was jailed several times. Post-independence, he worked for the trade unions and became a member of the Indian National Trade Union Congress in 1953.

His active interest in the politics made him State Minister for Communication in 1971 and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1973 for a brief period.

Bhaguna’s parental home is situated in Bhugani village of Pauri, Garhwal. From the year 2006, no initiative has been taken by the state government in this direction. Ironically, archeology department has turned its blind eye towards the building.

The state government has already allocated Rs 1.68 crore for renovation of the building, but the work is yet to start.

In 2006, the then Chief Minister BC Khanduri had declared to transform the ancestral home of Bahuguna into a museum, and the Archeology Departments was assigned for it.

Complaining about the negligent attitude of the state government, Vijay Bahuguna, MP, Tihri Garhwal said, “No initiative has been taken to maintain the house. Due to lack of maintenance, the ancestral home is lying in a dilapidated condition."

Though the archeology department prepared the design for the museum, no construction work has commenced as yet. As per the plan, the dilapidated walls of the house will be renovated maintaining its original architecture.

Regional archeology officer, Pauri, Ashish Kumar said, “The Culture Minister has issued the directive for construction in September. The project will begin at the earliest."


JPN/Bureau