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Solar show awaits capital

Science buffs in Ranchi will soon get a chance to witness the solar system up close, courtesy a planetarium being set up at the Regional Science Centre.

The state science and technology department is awaiting the nod of Jharkhand Council on Science and Technology to start work on the multi-crore project, the first of its kind in the state.

The department will hold a meeting with the council by the end of August and take a final decision.

The council’s executive committee is headed by science and technology minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary with development commissioner Debashish Gupta as its vice-president.

“The planetarium, the first in the state, will come up on the 13-acre campus that now houses the science centre. Though Rs 1 crore has been kept aside for the project, the planetarium will cost at least Rs 11 crore,” science and technology department director (technical education) Arun Kumar told The Telegraph.

Kumar added that the building itself would cost about Rs 3 crore, while the equipment would come for another Rs 8 crore.

Kumar added that help from experts of National Council of Science Museum would be taken for the ambitious project. The state will also turn to consultants to prepare the design of the planetarium.

At present the 13-acre campus houses a sprawling 4,200sqm regional science centre in Chirondi.

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