Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh laid foundation stone of Restoration of Bantony Castle here today. The renovation of historic building is estimated to be completed at a cost Rs. 35 crore.
Virbhadra Singh said that once the building comes up, the proposed museum, restaurant and recreational park would be a great attraction for both tourists and locals.
Earlier, in January, the state government had acquired the Bantony Castle. The prime property of the Shimla city was belong to the erstwhile ruler of Sirmour principality and served as their summer palace.
The double-storey building constructed in mock-Tudor style. However, with nominal maintenance had reduced the building into the present condition.
The state government had showed keen desire to preserve the cultural, architectural and archaeological value associated with the castle. Bantony Estate is spread over around 20,000 square metre area between circular and mall road of the state capital.
During the previous BJP regime, Bantony Castle had courted controversy especially. The Congress then in opposition blamed Government for failing to acquire the prime property.