Rs 5-crore science park in memory of Kalam to come up in Navi Mumbai

The proposed park could be similar to the Nehru Planetarium. It will be developed inside the existing Wonder Park at Nerul, which is spread over 34 acres; municipal corporation is inviting ideas for improvement from citizens

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is planning to develop a science park and name it after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The civic body will construct the park at the existing Wonder Park at Sector 19 (A) in Nerul.

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Officials revealed that the park could be similar to the Nehru Planetarium. It would be developed inside Wonder Park, which is spread over 34 acres. Out of this total area, some part has been lying unutilised, which will now be used to construct the science park, they added. The project cost is estimated to be around Rs 5 crore.

‘Good for students’
“Dr Kalam was an inspiration for the entire country, especially his contributions towards the science field. Hence we have decided to build a science park in Navi Mumbai which will be an advantage for children of all ages. We are currently working on the planning aspect of the park.

Wonder Park is spread over 34 acres and offers five amusement rides, including a toy train. The science park will be built inside it to honour Kalam and for the benefit of students in the city. Pic/Satyajit Desai
Wonder Park is spread over 34 acres and offers five amusement rides, including a toy train. The science park will be built inside it to honour Kalam and for the benefit of students in the city. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Further, we would also invite suggestions from the citizens to make any required additions or improvements while constructing the park,” said Sudhakar Sonawane, Navi Mumbai’s mayor. In November 2014, mid-day had reported on how the rides inside the Wonder Park had been non-functional for five months.

Last year, several rides inside the park, including a toy train, remained non-functional from June, as a result of which kids could not experience them. The problem began just two years after the park was thrown open to the public. Wonder Park was constructed at a cost of R38 crore and inaugurated in 2012.

The park is spread over 34 acres and offers five amusement rides, including a toy train. In addition, it features an open-air amphitheatre, a pond and miniature sculptures of the Seven Wonders of the World. The entry fee is R35 for adults and R25 for children, excluding the charges for the rides.

Skating, anyone?
Meanwhile, NMMC is also planning to develop a skating park at sector 11 (A) in Nerul that would be spread over approximately 32,000 sq metres.

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