The state government is contemplating to send separate proposals to Ministry of Culture, Ministry of DoNER (Ministry of Development of North East Regions) and North East Council for allocation of funds for speedy completion of Vigyan Gram Project, sources in the science and technology department said.
Speaking to this correspondent, one of the highly placed officers of the department said, the state government is very much enthusiastic to promote the culture of informal learning. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma, who also holds the charge of science and technology department recently held a review meeting with the higher officials of the department and asked to take necessary steps to speed up the process of construction. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also met the higher officials of the department in this regard, added the source.
For construction, He said, there is no dearth of funds. Due to some negligence from the part of PWD, the construction partners of the department, the project is getting delayed. But, as per new deadline, the construction is likely to be completed within 2020, he told this us. Installation of suitable exhibits is the next big challenge. Exhibits worth near about 60 crore will be needed to decorate the building and thus the government is planning to approach North East Council, Ministry of Culture and DoNER, he informed the correspondent.
While asked about Sukanta Academy planetarium, he said, earlier it was decided that ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) will re-open the planetarium installing their own exhibits but due to certain reasons the plan is dropped. Now, the government is contemplating to tie up with some other organization and resume its operation in between five to six months, he added.
He also informed us that the “science centre” project at Udaipur was also complete. “The project of Udaipur is almost complete. Installation of exhibits will be completed within few months. This project is also a well appreciated project under the science and technology department” he added.