Agartala, Aug. 30: Tripura is set to have a science city.
Work on the project, to be set up on 12.42 acres at Siddhi Ashram, 5km from here, will commence within a week.
Its initial estimated cost is Rs 62 crore. In the first phase, Rs 37 crore will spent on construction and in the second phase, Rs 25 crore will be spent on machines.
“The science city will have 10 exhibition halls, a theme park, a space theatre and planetarium,” K.D. Basu, joint-director in the science and technology department, the nodal agency for construction of the science city, said.
There will be two halls with seating capacity of 50 and an AC auditorium with a seating capacity of 500. It will also house a natural garden.
“We are building a full-fledged science city. The first of the 10 halls will be dedicated to information and communication technology, the second will be dedicated to marine science, hills and mountains and the remaining eight will display items from other branches of science. It will also have a reception room and a cafeteria. Our purpose is to make it a centre for research on science,” Basu said.
While laying the foundation stone of the science city, chief minister Manik Sarkar had yesterday said research on science has grown steadily in Tripura over the past two decades.
“We encourage science-based education so that students can develop a scientific attitude to life and rise above age-old biases and prejudices,” said the chief minister.
He said his government was upgrading 10 Madhyamik schools to the higher secondary level to provide facilities for the study of science.
“I am sure the science city will give a new and strong impetus to the study of science and research,” said Sarkar.