Maritime museum to open next year

20th Nov 2012

A museum celebrating the maritime history of Odisha, on the east coast of India, is likely to open its doors to the public next year after its official launch was delayed.

The launch of the Jobra maritime museum was originally due to coincide with the opening day of the annual Baliyatra maritime fair on November 28.

However, despite the near-completion of construction work, the museum is unable to open because administrators need more time to establish the trust which will take care of it.

The foundation stone of the project to convert the 143-year-old Jobra navigation workshop was laid in 2007, and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government in 2008 to carry out the work.

Locals expressed disappointment at the delay, with resident Sukumar Sen saying: "We were eager to see the museum as it is something new for the entire state."

Officials said it is hoped the museum will open before January 26, 2013.

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