Guwahati: The Ujjayanta Palace of Tripura which houses the state museum would get a facelift soon with the installation of digital galleries.
Minister for Higher Education in the state, Ratan Lal Nath said that the initiative of setting up digital galleries in the museum would attract more tourists to the state and help in the growth of the tourism industry. He also said that the digital galleries would make use of projectors.
According to an official of the Tourism Department, the visitors would feel like walking around the gallery with life-like illusions.
A battery car for covering the half kilometer distance from the main gate to the museum entrance is also being planned to be introduced for elderly persons and children.
“We also are sensitizing tourists’ guides, tightening security at the museum, and restarting the light and sound show soon to attract more tourists,” Nath said,
Nath further said that the Tripura government wants to make the state museum the best one in the country and that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb would soon convene a meeting of officials and experts in this regard.
He also stated that in the last five years, the museum had 9,50,000 tourists of which over 4,000 were foreign tourist.
It may be mentioned that the Ujjayanta Palace was converted to a state museum in September 2013. The palace was constructed between 1899 and 1901 by the King of Tripura, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya and stands on the banks of two lakes surrounded by gardens inspired by the Mughal style. The museum was provided with seismic retrofitting to prevent it from possible earthquake damage, at a cost of Rs. 100 million, and the museum was inaugurated by the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari on 25 September 2013
The palace which was the home of the Manikya dynasty was purchased from the royal family by the Government of Tripura in 1972-73 and used to house the State Legislative Assembly until July 2011
The Ujjayanta Palace which was named by Rabindranath Tagore primarily showcases the lifestyle, arts, culture, tradition and utility crafts of communities residing in northeast India, along with a lot of stone sculptures, coinage of the Manikya dynasty and some other artifacts.