New Attractions to be added at Science City soon
The CM urged the development of additional arrangements to transform a visit to Science City into a memorable and special experience
Upcoming additions to Science City include:
• The Human and Biological Sciences Gallery
• The Aviation and Defense Gallery
• The Biodiversity Park
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel evaluated the proposals for introducing innovative attractions, considering the increasing popularity of Science City, which was established under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister initiated the construction of this world-class Science City in 2001, spanning 107 hectares, to bridge the gap between the public and science, as well as provide a single location for children and youth to access knowledge and information about the latest scientific discoveries and research. This Science City has ignited a renewed interest and curiosity in science and technology, particularly among young students.
Science City has adopted an approach to pique people’s interest in science and enhance their knowledge through an enjoyable and technology-infused experience, achieved through the establishment of diverse galleries and parks. Each year, a new gallery is added to Science City. Presently, the Science City boasts captivating attractions such as the Musical Fountain, Robotics Gallery, Aquatic Gallery, Planet Earth, and the Life Science Park, designed to delight visitors. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel also conducted a review of the existing galleries and various ongoing projects in Science City to make it more accessible and user-friendly.
Additionally, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel received thorough information about the upcoming innovative attractions that are planned for construction following the inauguration of the second phase of Science City by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2021.
The Astronomy and Space Science Gallery is currently in the advanced stages of construction, and efforts are underway to enhance and make the existing musical fountain at Science City even more appealing. Additionally, plans have been developed to construct the Human and Biological Sciences Gallery and the Aviation and Defense Gallery, with a combined estimated cost of around Rs. 750 crores. Also, there are plans for the construction of the Science Tower and the Biodiversity Park.
During the presentation at this review meeting, it was mentioned that the number of visitors to Science City has been steadily increasing. Over the decade from 2012 to 2023, approximately 7.7 million people visited, and in 2022 alone, 1.239 million people experienced Science City. Also, approximately 4,00,000 students have also had the opportunity to visit.
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel proposed the implementation of advanced kiosks and touchscreen technology for visitors, students, and science enthusiasts who come to explore Science City, enabling them to provide feedback on their experiences and the facilities at the Science City. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining cleanliness.
A plan will be arranged to establish an open-air Science and Technology Exploratorium, where Science City visitors can experiment and express their ideas in alignment with the galleries and other attractions they have experienced.
CM Shri Bhupendra Patel conducted an extensive review of all these matters and provided guidance for the construction of new galleries and parks with a clearly defined timeline.
The review meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Pankaj Joshi, Principal Secretary of the Science and Technology Department Shri Dhananjay Dwivedi, and General Manager of Science City Shri Vader, among others.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat