Nuapada district museum in utter neglect; tourists disappointed

Nuapada: Which was set up to conserve the remnants of district’s ancient Maraguda civilization for the next generations is in itself suffering under utter neglect. The Nuapada district museum has no employees to oversee day-to-day operation and kept closed most of the time.

According to sources, the museum is home to artifacts about the ancient Maraguda civilization that were unearthed at various places in the district. These ancient artifacts include valuable stone idols, gold currencies and utensils. The museum was opened to showcase the artifacts collected.

According to sources, the museum remains closed most of the days and there are no employees. A few tourists who come are forced to return disheartened, sources added.

“We are very disappointed when we visited the district museum. There are a lot of stone idols but with no name or description. There is even no one to guide us through the artifacts put up for display at the museum,” said tourist, Sanjay Kumar Padhi.

Another tourist Ravindra Mangaraj said, “There is no one to take care of the museum – no staff and it remains closed most of the time. The tourists have to return disappointed as they are not able to understand anything about Maraguda civilization or the stone idols showcased at the museum.”

The district librarian, who is currently in-charge of the museum, said that no steps have been taken for the maintenance or development of the museum.

“Two staff members, who were responsible for the museum, had retired. There are no employees here now to give details about the artifacts at the museum,” Mariam Begum, Librarian, Nuapada District Library said.

“I have informed the higher authorities and the district collector about the shortage of staff here,” said Niranjan Nayak, District Culture Officer, Nuapada.