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Insect park set to be new crowd-puller

- Officials of Regional Science Centre hopeful of success with new venture

Jan. 15: Officials of the Regional Science Centre is setting up an insect park on its premises in Khanapara.

No, the park will not have live insects but will be made of fibreglass. The process of setting up the garden is under way and officials of the science centre are hopeful of opening it to visitors next month.

One would be able to see an over-one-foot-long snail struggling to climb the trunk of a tree, a frog sitting vigilantly under a mushroom. Do not miss the python (a reptile by the way) with dark blotches coiled around a branch of a tree.

The insect park has been set up near the medicinal park of the centre.

“The garden will have figures of different kinds of insects found in our surroundings. There will be grasshoppers and beetles among others. The aim of setting up the park is to let the children know about these insects. Besides, it would be an amusement for them,” said Basudev Mandal, curator of the centre.

The Regional Science Centre is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in the city. It is equally popular among the young and the old. On January 1, altogether 5,700 people visited the centre, and the total number of visitors during this financial year was 2.7 lakh till today.

“Near the insect park, we will set up replicas of huts of some indigenous communities of the state to give the children an opportunity to know about the lifestyle of these communities. We hope the park will be able to attract more visitors for us,” said Mandal. “the park is also a part of our process of adding newer things to the centre to it make more attractive to visitors,” said Mandal.

The science centre is the largest of its kind in the Northeast. It is equipped with several hundred exhibits on science and technology.