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MCD polls in sight, South Delhi civic body inaugurates incomplete museum

The museum was inaugurated on Monday, at least three months ahead of completion, at the AD Municipal Primary School in Tagore Garden. The opposition blamed the ruling BJP for going ahead with the inauguration for taking mileage in municipal elections.

MCD Elections 2017 Updated: Mar 21, 2017 17:27 IST
Vibha Sharma
Vibha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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School kids enjoy a 3D show at the newly-inaugurated museum in a municipal school in Tagore Garden. (Handout)

Ahead of the crucial MCD polls in April, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is on a inauguration spree. Once the polls are notified the model code of conduct will take effect, barring such activities.

The latest in this series was a science museum with a 3D theatre at the AD Municipal Primary School in Tagore Garden. It was inaugurated on Monday, at least three months ahead of completion, despite the fact that the civic body is yet to provide equipment and furniture.

Even the 3D theatre is temporarily operational. “We need Rs 2.5 crore more to complete the project. It will take at least three months for things to get finalised,” said senior SDMC official.

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The opposition blamed the ruling BJP for inaugurating the project in a hurry.

“The concept is good but the BJP is misleading people by inaugurating such projects. They want to show the it as as an achievement in their election manifesto,” said A Meenakshi Chandela, councillor from Khyala in West Zone.

Similarly, the SDMC had handed over seven of its multilevel underground parking lots to Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) on February 16. Of these, three parking lots at Munirka, Kakaji and Hauz Khas were supposed to start in the next two days. “But even today the parking lot at Kalkaji is locked. It is still awaiting finishing work, including developing of a park on the ground floor and rectification of some structural problems,” said Narinder Kaur, councillor from Kalkaji.

The museum

The museum has been named after mathematician Aryabhatta and constructed at a cost of Rs 3.3 crore. The three-storey museum is spread over an area of 1,210 square metres and has provision for 3D theatres on all floors.

“The project aims to increase the awareness of students about concepts of science, renowned scientists and personalities who have contributed to this field. In future, the centre will become a hub for scientific activities,” said senior SDMC officials.

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According to him, the 3D theatre will give an opportunity for kids to learn, feel and watch the real view of natures’ mystery, dense forest, oceans, and scientific inventions in three dimension.

The museum can cater to 300 guests in one go. “We are planning to convert the 3D museum into 7D museum. A library on science and advances in computers will also be set up,” said Meeta Singh, director of education, SDMC.

The building of the museum has provision for harvesting rainwater and power-efficient appliances.

“Before implementing the project, SDMC consulted scientists and experts in this field,” said SDMC Mayor Shyam Sharma.

First Published: Feb 21, 2017 19:24 IST