Three new planetariums will come up in Odisha, said an official on Wednesday. Rs 12 crore has been estimated to be spent towards the construction of the projects.
The Science and Technology Department has decided to construct these new projects at Gopalpur in Ganjam district, at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district and in Rayagada districts.
Department Joint Secretary Kailash Chandra Sahoo said that while nearly five acres of land was already acquired in Gopalpur near the Berhampur University, the process for identification of land is on at Baripada in Mayurbhanj and in Rayagada district.
Construction will begin soon at Gopalpur once Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lay stone for the proposed planetarium by end of November. The project will be completed within the next two years, said Sahoo.
At present the there is only one planetarium, the Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Bhubaneswar, which was established in 1990. Another planetarium has been constructed in Burla and it is expected to be inaugurated May-June 2017.
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