Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Air India museum plan at Nariman Point shelved after government announces to divest stake

Mumbai: Air India's plan to house a unique museum in its iconic Nariman Point tower has been shelved, at least for now, due to the cloud of uncertainty created following the government's announcement that it wanted to divest its stake in the national carrier.

Two years ago, AI had decided to throw open for public viewing the wealth of paintings and artefacts it had collected over the past six decades in its offices in India and across the world.

Earlier this year, Air India chairman and managing director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani had said that the museum was likely to be inaugurated on Independence Day 2017 and that it would be dedicated to the nation.

On May 16, AI had floated a Rs 3.5 crore tender, with an earnest money deposit of Rs 7 lakh, for development of the Air India Museum of Arts and Crafts. The project was to be completed in three months.

"The airline was looking for a firm that had completed at least one interior work worth Rs 2.8 crore or more in the past five years for a museum or an art gallery or a showroom related to a government, a semi=government or a reputed private organization during the past five years," said an Air India official.
27/06/17 Manju Vayalar/Economic Times