Science City in Doon Valley

Shyamhari Chakra

NEW DELHI: The tourists’ paradise of Dehradun – also known as an important destination for higher education and research – will have a major added attraction in just four years with establishment of the  Science City.

The City would be set up in Jhajhra area of Dehradun investing an estimated amount of Rs 173-crore.

While the Union Government will provide Rs 88-crore for the ambitious project, the Government of Uttarakhand will bear the remaining expenditure.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Centre and the State Government recently for execution of the project.

The MoU was signed between the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology and National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in the presence of Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at a ceremony at his official residence, the Ministry of Culture sources said.

About eight lakh people are expected to be benefited by the centre every year, the officials estimated.

The Science City will be an important and attractive centre for science and technology communication, popularisation and innovation among the students, teachers, common citizens, and tourists, they said.

The City will have thematic galleries on Astronomy and Space Sciences, Robotics, Science and Technology heritage, Geological life, Climate change, Energy, Biotechnology, Virtual reality, Augmented reality and Artificial intelligence.

It will further have segments like Space Theatre cum planetarium, digital panorama on biodiversity, simulator, aquarium, special show on high voltage and laser science, outdoor science park, theme park, butterfly park, fossil park, bio dome and miniature Uttarakhand.

Dehradun houses major research institutes like the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Himgiri Zee University, Wildlife Institute of India, Instruments Research and Development Establishment and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.