FIRMING UP plans to build a museum dedicated to all former prime ministers at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library campus, a proposal to invite global tenders for the “design plans” was mooted at the NMML’s executive council meeting on August 9.
At present, NMML or Teen Murti Bhawan, which was once the residence of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, is associated solely with him.
The agenda note of the meeting states that “replicating” the “existing Teen Murti House design is not appropriate for the new museum as it was the product of its times”. So, it says, a “design competition” should be held to select an architect/ designer for the “Prime Ministers of India” museum.
The NMML has drafted “an Expression of Interest for selection of a professional advisor”, who will “assist in conducting the global competition” for selecting an “architect and design specialist” for the new museum.
In an earlier interview with The Indian Express, MoS, Culture, Mahesh Sharma had said that according to the NMML Constitution, “it should be used to showcase the life of Nehruji and those who had contributed to the freedom struggle or building modern India.”
“Thousands of people have contributed to the making of modern India. But the Congress believed that it’s only for showcasing Nehru or his family. We have democratised the NMML,” he had said.