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Sambalpur: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated the Sambalpur planetarium named after former President and missile man APJ Abdul Kalam to the state on Friday. The Sambalpur planetarium is the second in the state after the Pathani Samanta Planetarium at Bhubaneswar and the first one in Western Odisha.
The APJ Abdul Kalam planetarium erected by the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) at a project cost of Rs 5.60 crores can accommodate 180 visitors during a single show, informed planetarium authorities.
State School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patro, who attended the inaugural ceremony, said the basic purpose of setting up a planetarium in Sambalpur is to spread awareness on meteorology and space science among children of Western Odisha.
Three more planetariums would come up in the state in the coming days, said Patro and informed that all modalities have been completed for the Baripada, Gopalpur and Rayagada projects.