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Science city to come up next year, if all goes well

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patna, December 26, 2012
First Published: 15:53 IST(26/12/2012) | Last Updated: 15:55 IST(26/12/2012)

If all goes well, construction of a science city in the state capital will begin in the next financial year 2013-14. This will give a boost to the educational atmosphere in the state capital.

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The science and technology department has floated a request for proposalfor the purpose.

The government proposes to develop a science city with the objective to promote and popularise science among the people as well as demonstrate and preserve the illustrious history of scientific developments in Bihar and the Indian subcontinent through visual interactive media and other suitable platforms.

The consultants will prepare a masterplan and feasibility report for development of the project.

In this process, different concepts may be conceived for the development of the city.

The S&T department intends to select the consultants through an open competitive bidding process, in accordance with the procedures set out in the RFP document,an official said.

The state cabinet has given its nod to the ambitious plan of constructing the science city in Patna besides the construction of two planetariums that would come up at Darbhanga and Gaya.

The proposal has been sent to the finance department and after its approval, appropriate master planner consultants would be appointed to prepare the draft of all three projects.

Expected to be built at a cost of approximately Rs. 100 crore, the city will have all the facilities of a modern, upgraded science city.

However, there may be variations in the expenditure, depending on the features added to the science city.

The Patna DM has assured approximately 20 acres of land, behind the Premchand Rangashala at Saidpur near the Moin-Ul-Haq Stadium.

Details of the existing facilities at various science cities like those at Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Jallandhar have been collected, and based on their comparative study and the space available, the best features will be incorporated in the science city at Patna.

It will be unique in many aspects. There will be one big complex, accompanied by many smaller blocks for better segregation of different aspects of science.

Several demonstrations will be displayed in the open spaces also. The city is also expected to have a high tech 5-D theatre,h the official added.


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