The Gujarat government’s Science City will invest Rs 1000 crore over the next three to four years to augment and build cutting-edge astronomy, space, and other facilities on their Ahmedabad property.
Science City is managed by the Department of Science and Technology of the state government (DST).
According to sources, Science City has so far invested around Rs 700 crore to improve its facilities. The new investment will take the total amount invested to Rs 1700 crore.
According to a source, the DST also intends to establish Science Centres in each district of Gujarat, with an investment of Rs 10-15 crore per district.
Recently, DST announced the establishment of Science Centres in four major cities of Gujarat with an investment of Rs 100 crore each.
At the moment, Ahmedabad’s Science City includes an aquatic gallery, a robotics gallery, a nature park, and other attractions such as the Hall of Science, Hall of Space, Energy Education Park, Life Science Park, and Planet Earth. There’s also a kids’ activity centre, thrill rides, an amphitheatre, and a musical fountain.
PM to announce upcoming facilities
A source from the Government of India said PM Narendra Modi, who will inaugurate the two-day national conclave on science and technology at Science City from September 10, is likely to announce some of the upcoming facilities at the centre.
Science and Technology (S&T) ministers from all states, Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, administrators of Union Territories and in charge of the S&T departments will also attend the two-day conclave. The conclave, organised by the Union S&T Department and hosted by Gujarat DST, will see discussion and planning for the development of Science in India.