December 4, 2011 5:39:55 am
The age-old planetarium inside the Sayaji Bag in Vadodara would soon be replaced by a hi-tech Science City as the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) gear up for the project.
According to senior VMC officials,the project is already in the pipeline and the work will start after completing some formalities at Gandhinagar. The location has already been decided and further process of preparing the documents for the Memorandum of Understanding between VMC and DST is going on.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 25 crore and it is going to be one of the most popular attractions in the Banyan City. The planetarium was designed long ago and is not in a position to attract the visitors. The reason is: the equipments in the planetarium are very old. We now intend to change the entire look of the museum by constructing the Science City, said Vadodara Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Kumar.
Initial talks have already been over with the DST officials,he said. We have already worked out the role of both the institutions. There is an open space on the premises of the planetarium building and that would be utilised for the science city. The planetarium would be made a part of the science city. It would be given a fresh look and latest technologies so that the visitors get the ultimate experience, Kumar said.
The officials are now working on the design and architectural aspects of the project. We would not like to hurry as far as design is concerned. Once the design is approved,the work would be completed in the stipulated time after the tenders are floated for the project, said a senior engineer who is also part of the project.
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