Maritime museum inaugurated

Cuttack: Now, the general mass can recall the glory of rich maritime trade of their ancestors at the State Maritime Museum which was inaugurated on Monday here at Jobra on Utkal Divas.
 
CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the museum, a first of its kind in the State, which was built at a cost of Rs 10 crore and enjoyed all 11 galleries housed in the unit situated at the right embankment of river Mahanadi.
 
All the galleries, which display a coastal gallery, an amphitheatre and a research centre, also provide information regarding the rich maritime history of Odisha and its past navigation techniques.
 
According to officials a maritime aquarium will also be set up soon that will display different marine species and provide information about underwater vegetation.
 
Spread over a sprawling area of around 5.7 acres, the museum also has a boatshed where boats of various states including Odisha’s ancient country boat (boita), Viking boats, Kerala’s snake boat and Kashmir’s shikara have been displayed.
 
Developed by Indian National Trust for Art and Culture with assistance from the state water resources department, the museum has been built by renovating the British-era Maritime Engineering Workshop.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone in 2007 for the project.