New Delhi: The historic Town Hall situated in Chandni Chowk of the national capital will soon be converted into a museum.

After the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) staff completely shifted to its new headquarters at civic centre, the Standing Committee discussed the use of Town Hall that was constructed in 1866 during the British era. Following the discussions, Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia accepted the suggestions of the members to transform it into a museum.

Chandolia directed MCD Commissioner KS Mehra, who was also present in the meeting, to begin the process of converting the Town Hall into a museum.

A notification will soon be issued inviting suggestions from general public after which a outline draft will be prepared on how should be the museum.

After the MCD staff shifted to Civic Centre, questions were raised on the usage of the building. Discussions were on to convert it into heritage hotel, Cineplex and other commercial buildings but the committee members reached a unanimous decision to transform it into a museum.

MCD Councillor Rekha Gupta said, “Town Hall is a landmark in any city or country which is often connected with city’s dignity. In most cities, Town Halls are used for holding public meetings and art exhibitions. Therefore, it should be used as a museum only.”

JPN/Bureau