Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the Buddha Samyak Darshan Sangrahalaya and Smriti Stupa, at Vaishali.
The museum will be built on 72 acres of land at a cost of ₹ 315 crore in two and half years time, an official release said.
Nitish inspected the model of the building. An animation film based on the sangrahalaya and stupa was screened before the CM, the release said.
Work of Buddha Samyak Darshan Sangrahalaya and Smriti Stupa is scheduled to be completed in two and half years.
Arrangements for “Vipasyana Centre” at the museum premises has also been proposed.
The museum will house holy relics of Lord Buddha that are kept at Patna museum currently, Nitish said adding that Lord Buddhas last rites were performed at Vaishali and his relics were divided in eight parts, one of its portion was kept at Mandstupa at Vaishali.
The CM also directed the officials to carry out road widening work till Vaishali apart from taking decision for an alternate road after consulting local people in this regard.