Delhi’s Natural History Museum gutted in massive fire

BACKmuseumAfter a fire gutted the natural history museum in Delhi, the government announced that a replacement will be built near Pragati Maidan, a famous landmark in the capital, at an estimated cost of 225 crore.

A major fire engulfed the museum that had exhibits of plants and animals, among which was an old dinosaur fossil.

Sadly the basic fire safety equipment in the museum was not working, so over a hundred firemen who battled for some 3 hours to douse the flames that broke on the top floor were not able to control the inferno

The National Museum of Natural, History set up in 1978, was a popular site for school visits and contained preserved specimens of butterflies, frogs, snakes, lizards and mounted specimens of tigers and leopards.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined but the police have ruled out sabotage based on their investigation. The Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has ordered a fire safety audit of 34 museums across the country to ensure the safety of daily visitors and the precious exhibits.