Srinagar: The Police Housing Corporation Wednesday commenced the construction work of septic tank at SPS Museum and ordered replacement of damaged floor tiles a day after Kashmir Reader exposed the poor maintenance of the building.
On Wednesday, the officials of Police Housing Corporation (PHC) visited the museum and started construction work to complete the septic tank. The damaged tiles and gaping holes are also being repaired.
On August 15, Kashmir Reader had carried a news report about damaged floor and lack of washroom facilities in the heritage museum. The story ‘In heritage museum, ruin sets in’ highlighted the lack of repair in a new building of the Heritage museum that troubled visitors coming to see the famed antiques and heritage of Kashmir.
The SPS Museum, which houses artifacts from as old as the 10th century, has no washroom for visitors.
Following the story, the Government Police Housing Corporation was asked to complete all pending construction work and repair damage to the structure and interiors. Director Archives, Archaeology, and Museums, Muhammad Shafi Zahid, told Kashmir Reader that the Corporation started the construction of Septic tank in the museum premises which was pending since 2014 floods.
“Let’s hope things get right and we are able to run the Museum smoothly,” he said.
Junior Engineer PHC, Tassaduq Hussain, told Kashmir Reader that a team of consultants visited the museum on Wednesday to check the buildings and the reason of damage to the structure and its interiors.
“It will take some time to complete the examination process then we will be sure what steps can be taken to repair the building. We have also asked for specifications of material used on the floor to act accordingly,” he said.
Hussain assured that Septic tank will be complete within a week. “All wash rooms will be functional after the Tank is complete,” he said.