Proposed National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Integrated Complex at Bhairon Marg in New Delhi will be at par with the world’s best museums. The museum to be titled as “Panchjanya” will come up in phases on 6.5 acres of land allotted at Bhairon Marg opposite to Pragati Maidan. The project is estimated to cost Rs 440 crore.
Proposed museum will be at par with some of the world’s best museums namely, The Smithsonian Washington DC, The Louvre Museum, Paris, The British Museum, London, The National Gallery, London etc. which shall depict all the ten bio-geographical areas of the country, its flora and fauna, tribes lifestyle, anthropological activities, archaeological and heritage sites etc. with facilities of higher education, research and training.
The NMNH building shall include rentable/leasable office complex to generate revenue in order to meet the cost of project. The project shall be developed partly on self-sustainable financial model that means the cost of project shall be derived out by leasing/renting of equivalent space within NMNH complex. Part funding shall be granted by the government.
Further the master planning of Delhi Zoo which is abutting the NMNH plot has to be redeveloped to construct a world class fresh water aquarium in the vacant land of 18.5 acres along with a state of art skywalk to provide interlink among these iconic structures.
The project will be developed in phases. However, Master planning of entire area which consists of National Museum of natural History (NMNH), National Zoological Park (Delhi Zoo), National Science Centre & Associated Area for Future Development including all ancillary facilities with interconnectivity through state of the art skywalk etc., will be done in one go.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) had established NMNH as a body of the MoEF&CC for the purpose of promoting out of school facility for education of children and to promote awareness among masses. The NMNH was established on 1972 and opened in 1978 at a rented building of FICCI at Barakhamba Road, Mandi House, New Delhi. Due to an unfortunate fire incident the NMNH building got destroyed in 2016. Thereafter, the government allotted separate land at Bhairon Marg to build a new complex.