Comprehensive plan prepared for construction of six new blocks at PMNH

Pakistan Museum of Natural History, (PMNH) will execute a comprehensive plan for its expansion through constructing six new blocks soon. A seed money of Rs 35 million for feasibility report, design, planning, maps and lay out etc. of six blocks had been allocated in the current fiscal year, Director General PMNH, Dr. Muhammad Rafique told APP on Sunday.
“PMNH has a land of five acre and in the initial plan eight blocks were designed among which only two were constructed in which they were managing activities”, he informed.
The Director General further said that hopefully next year the construction of new blocks would be started which would complete in four to five years with the allocation of Rs. 1.2 billion. He said that in next phase, provincial chapters of National History Museum would be established in all provincial capitals of the country.
He informed that it was the unique department of the country comprised on four divisions namely Botanical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Zoological Sciences and Public Services.
The first three divisions are engaged in the collection, preservation, identification and research activities pertaining to plants, fossils and minerals and animals resources of Pakistan respectively. While the latter is responsible for mass education and popularization of the natural history through various displays, exhibits and dioramas.
The Director General informed that in PMNH 1.4 million samples of zoological, biological, ecological and other assets from every nook and corner of the country had been preserved. Among these samples, few are displayed in the museum while other are preserved in the repository for research students and scholars.
He informed that annually they explore four to five lakh more samples, besides that preservation, identification and computerization is also their responsibility.—APP

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