Rs.100-crore joint project of the Union and State governments

Defence Minister A.K. Antony will launch the construction work of the Kerala Science City project at Kuravilangad on February 1.

Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K. Radhakrishnan will be the chief guest. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Ministers will participate.

Jose K. Mani, MP, told the media here on Thursday that the project would come up on 30 acres at an outlay of over Rs.100 crore. The Centre would bear 60 per cent of the project cost and the rest by the State.

A sum of Rs.41 crore had been made available for construction, which would be taken up in two phases. The project would be jointly implemented by the Ministry of Culture and the State Education Department.

The first phase would include a science gallery that explained the history and milestones of science with interactive features, multidimensional thrill area with motion simulation system, musical fountain with laser multimedia, and an observatory.

The cost of executing the first phase had been put at Rs.51 crore. Mr. Mani said the first phase would be completed in a year-and-a-half.

Thematic galleries based on robotics, astronomy and aerospace, oceanography, bioproducts and rubber, environment, biotechnology, and nanotechnology had been envisaged in the second phase.

Final phase

An evolution theme park, planetarium, 3D theatre, campus with Wi-Fi and WiMAX facilities, science and energy park, science library, Ham Radio station, walkway museum, rope car service, butterfly garden, high-tech classrooms, auditoriums, classrooms, seminar halls and a food court would come under the final phase.

The Science City in Kolkata is regarded as the largest science centre in the Indian subcontinent. The other centres are in Jalandhar and Ahmadabad. The Kuravilanga project would be the first of its kind in southern India, Mr. Mani said.

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