4 more planetariums to come up in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has planned to construct four more planetariums in the State in the coming days at a total cost of Rs 30 crore, informed Science and Technology Minister Ashok Chandra Panda in the Assembly here today.

Panda was speaking in the Question Hour of the House when informed that the new planetariums will come up at Baripada, Rayagada, Keonjhar and Gopalpur.

While answering to question related to upgradation of the facilities at the Pathani Samanta Planetarium put up by senior Congress MLA Suresh Kumar Routray, Panda said he recently visited the place for the same purpose and necessary steps will be taken soon.

Similarly, as a part of its initiative to promote science education among the children the State Government has also planned to set up science centres in 10 districts, Panda added.

Notably, there are only two planetariums functioning in the State, the Pathani Samanta Planetarium at Bhubaneswar and APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium at Sambalpur. The Sambalpur planetarium had been inaugurated by CM Naveen Patnaik two years ago in 2017.

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