Mangaluru, Jan 29, 2018: Mangakuru city is all set to have an exclusive customs museum. Planned on the lines of the headquarters of the customs administration in Goa, now India’s first museum for customs and central excise, the office of superintendent of customs at Old Port, Bunder, will also be renovated and made into a museum. It will serve as a treasure trove of information on the Customs.
The initiative is a brainchild of M Subramanyam, commissioner of customs, Mangaluru Customs Commissionerate. This 1889 building, which is at present in a semi-dilapidated state, will be fully renovated. The CPWD has been entrusted this work, and funds to the tune of Rs 95 lakh have been released for the purpose, Subramanyam told media at the International Customs Day. "CPWD by tender for the purpose will take this project forward shortly,"
Marvelling at the strong walls of the 129-year-old building, Subramanyam said, "I have clearly instructed the CPWD not to touch either the walls or the tiled roof of the structure, during the renovation process.Mangalore tiles have given a distinct identity to the region, and this should be preserved for posterity," he said. He added that the CPWD, which recently undertook repairs of customs quarters, has the wherewithal and expertise to execute a project of this nature.
"We want to house various memorabilia, objects and other important documents that characterize the working of Customs to give people a sense of the work that the department does," he said. He said the exact nature of the museum will be finalized as the renovation work progresses. Incidentally, the Customs and Central Excise Museum at Goa displays some rare items seized from smugglers since Independence, and plans are afoot in this direction too.