Haryana has planned to set up state-of-the-art ‘Science City’ in the part of National Capital Region (NCR), as there is no Science city in NCR. It is slated to be developed at a cost of about Rs. 200 crore by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the Ministry of Culture falling in Haryana.
The Haryana Minister suggested that project can be undertaken either in Sonipat or Gurugram, as these areas have enough land for the development of a sprawling Science City. For this project, about 45 acre of land has been identified near Sonepat. The site of the project will be finalized after NCSM team visit to the suggested sites to assess the feasibility of the project. The project is planned to be completed by December, 2018.
Science City in Haryana
The proposed Science City in Haryana is expected to be bigger and more fabulous than the Science City in Kolkata. (Kolkata’s Science City — built on 49.6 acres of land — was set up in 1997 under the NCSM.)
The upcoming Science City will focus on creating facilities to teach principles of science and technology through hands-on interactive exhibits in a non-formal environment – a method very effective in communicating science. Education, Extension and Research-Berkley University Model are the three main pillars of this project. The main purpose is to popularize science among masses, especially among students and youths.
What will be There at Science City Haryana
It will consist of Thematic Galleries on climate change, biodiversity, cutting-edge science and technology, nano-science, biotechnology and robotics will be created. It will also have a Fun Science Gallery and High Voltage sport Theatre, interactive demonstrations, Laser Show, 3D/4D/5D science-show facilities, aquarium, virtual reality exhibits, simulator, space theatre for immersive experience, digital panorama on biodiversity, various science-based educational activities for students as well as common people, inflatable dome planetarium, auditorium and conference rooms for screening science-based films and holding seminars on scientific topics.
Besides Science City, the development of Kurukshetra as a religious and cultural tourism destination will take place on large scale. It is being planned to develop Herbal Park in Kalesar-Kalka area, and to develop Dhanchiri in Gurugram, the site of origin of Saraswati River, Adi Badri, and Lohgarh, the capital of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s state, as tourism destinations. Many other initiatives has also been planned to boost the tourism in the city.