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Odisha gets second planetarium, three more to come up

Sambalpur, September 22, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam planetarium at Burla in Sambalpur in western Odisha to inculcate a scientific temperament and rational attitude in the minds of people in general and particularly among children.

The modern planetarium, the State’s second planetarium was set up on six acre land at a cost of Rs 15 crore. It will accommodate 170 to 180 visitors.

Six different shows will be displayed in the planetarium. On the opening day nearly 150 orphan kids witnessed the digital show at 4 pm.

Science and Technology and School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra, Textiles and Handlooms Minister Shenahangini Chhuria, Government Deputy Chief Whip Rohit Pujari and Sambalpur MLA Dr Raseswari Panigrahi, Science and Technology Secretary Vir Vikaram Yadav, Sambalpur Collector Samarth Verma and other senior officials were present.

A science park has also been developed in the adjoining areas of the planetarium.

Three more planetariums are coming up in Gopalpur, Baripada, and Rayagada, informed Science and Technology Minister Badri Narayan Patra.

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