The Bihar government has decided to build a ‘science city’ with state-of-the-art technology in Patna in a bid to foster a scientific temper among children, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Tuesday.

The proposed science city is slated to come up on 15 acres of land, near the Moin-Ul-Haq Stadium in Patna and is estimated to cost Rs. 500 acres. The firm Lord Cultural Associate has been entrusted with the task of preparing the concept for the city. A village dedicated to alternative energy sources would also be part of this scientific hub.

“This is the age of science and technology. If we lag behind today, we will always remain backward. Through this city we aim to encourage the natural curiosity among children to seek answers,” Mr. Nitish said on the sidelines of a function.

He also called for setting up of science centres in Darbhanga, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur districts.