Kurnool: Kurnool Archaeological Museum which is being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has a priceless treasure trove from Rayalaseema.
The condition that it is in now, leaves visitors disappointed. For historians, research scholars and tourists interested in getting a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Kurnool, there is no better source, say experts.
Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya who recently visited the Museum, interacted with the staff and assured them that it will be fast tracked to showcase Kurnool as what it was and is. The flash floods in 2009 played havoc with the artefacts and it has taken more than seven years to put them back on display.
Situated on the banks of River Handri, KAM presents a pathetic picture with most of the artefacts stored in packages. The ruined relics of the past were given a chemical treatment but their charm and glory has gone.
There is only one technical assistant and shortage of staff in the museum which shows the government’s apathy in preserving historic past for posterity.
KAM has 900 plus objects which were recovered and chemically treated after the flash floods that muddied the treasure beyond repair. With the chemical treatment, the objects could not be exhibited as the building is not ready.
B. Manohar Naidu, the lone technical assistant tending the priceless museum, told that there are no recruitments. “ Prior to bifurcation, we had staff deputed form Qutub Shahi Tombs in Hyderabd. After bifurcation, they have left for Telangana,” he said.
“The problem now is the lack of display cabinets. All the artefacts are ready with treatment there are no display cabinets. New staff is needed to complete work on display cabinets,” he said.
KAM has been facing a problem of funding that comes from ASI. Earlier the ASI used to allocate funds on recommendations by the Finance Commission. But now, those funds are not coming, it was learnt....