A girl takes a selfie standing on the front wheel of a nearly century-old steamroller at the City Museum as her friends crowd around her. The fate of this vintage machine, which was surrounded by dirt a few days ago at the demolition site of the Patna Collectorate, changed overnight.
The road roller, manufactured by John Fowler & Co., Leeds, England, which had been lying rotting for decades in the front corner of the 12-acre Collectorate campus, was rescued early Thursday and sent to the Patna Museum. , which ended a dramatic streak. of the events that have unfolded since the landmark’s demolition in mid-May.
A senior Patna Museum official said that since it arrived at the museum, it has become a “star attraction” and visitors, especially youngsters, are eager to take selfies with it and learn about its history. are PTI on Saturday.
From being overlooked in a corner of the Collectorate campus to attracting “huge eyeballs from visitors” at the museum, its fortunes have changed overnight, he said.
However, the arrival of the vintage steamroller has given rise to “false and distorted news” in a section of the media, including several web portals.
While some portals mistakenly claimed that it “lies 70 feet below the ground” and was then “excavated” during “excavation work”, several web channels and a leading Hindi daily also claimed “It is 150 years old”, without confirmation, officials said.
Transport heritage experts put its age at around 100. The senior official said it was unfortunate that a section of the media, “especially some news portals” were spreading “false and distorted news” on the history of the road roller and how it was saved.
Top officials of the Bihar government’s Art and Culture Department said they have taken notice of the issue and “steps have been taken to prevent its spread”.
“We are happy that the Patna Museum is now in possession of this rare vintage machine which was earlier lying in the Patna Collectorate campus. A team of Patna Museum experts visited the campus in July and inspected the road roller and other antiques. tha, after which we rescued the road roller,” said Bihar museum director, Deepak Anand PTI
“We will display it properly with an information board about it so that authentic information can be conveyed to people,” he said.
He said he was aware that some web portals and digital news channels on YouTube were reporting “unauthentic and unverified information” through videos.
Until recently its heavy iron wheels were partially buried in the pile of earth. It was lifted by a crane and transported to the Patna Museum in a truck around midnight on 24 August.
The Save Historic Patna Collectorate, a citizen-led initiative, popularized the vintage road roller by hosting heritage walks and online sessions, while drawing the attention of authorities to its poor condition.
“The road roller was salvaged after the excavation work, which may have caused confusion, but none of the local media who reported it wrongly,” said a senior museum official. did not contact us to get the authentic version”.
“The road roller was very much on the ground with its wheels partially buried, and only dirt was removed around it. It is ridiculous that some local media even falsely reported that it was ‘grounded.’ It was dug down 70 feet.” said the official.