Mathura 2016.04.05 (VT): The State Museum at Mathura might get a donation from the Japan Government for expansion purposes. The proposed expansion to a 25-acre plot on the NH2 highway will cost in the vicinity of ₹250 crore ($US 38 million).
The leader of UP Congress Legislative Group, Mr. Pradeep Mathur has informed to our correspondent over a call from Tokyo, that he has discussed the expansion proposal with Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, the Indian Ambassador to Japan. Mr. Mathur has also informed Mr. Chinoy about the huge number of Japanese tourists to Braj, who are inconvenienced by the museum’s limited space, altogether insufficient for its extensive holdings.
Mr. Mathur further informed that the Museum authorities have found a site for expansion that has an area of 25 acres and for which the cost will be around 250 crore rupees.
The Government of Japan grants donations for the restoration of and maintenance of spiritual places. Mr. Mathur has also proposed the expansion to the chairman of the India-Japan Friendship Association, who was also the finance minister of Japan initially.
He also discussed the problem for drinking water at Agra and a power plant project in Aligarh. Vidhan Sabha President Mata Prasad Pandey, Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, Tourism Minister Om Prakaah Singh along with other cabinet ministers were also present at the meeting.