Ahmedabad is undoubtedly the city of wonders and is compared to abroad in terms of infrastructure and cleanliness. Moreover, how can we forget the Gujrat model that has gained appreciation from all over the world. Gujrat is the state of change and its capital city, Ahmedabad never fall short in establishing new examples of innovation and positive changes. And the city is about to add one more feather on its hat with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of the Robotic Gallery, Nature Park, and Aquatic Gallery.
Right from its establishment in 2001, Science City has been an ambitious initiative of the Gujrat government that triggered an inquiry of science and technology in the mind of the common citizen with the help of experiential learning and entertainment. Located at the Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway, this major tourist attraction is spread in an area of more than 107 hectares comprises virtual reality activities, imaginative exhibits, and live demonstrations in an understandable and easy manner. Which all together was enough of the adventure for the science enthusiasts and have evoked the idea of becoming the scientist among many young minds.
Now, with new advancements the Science City 2.0 is all set to take everyone by surprise. Mentioned are the new extensions of the science city that will make you feel as if you have landed on another dimension or are in some cinematic world.
This aquatic gallery is spread over an area of 15,000 square metres, which makes it the largest aquarium in India. It will showcase 188 marine species in its 68 tanks and has penguins too. On top of that, the key attraction of the aquatic gallery is a 28-meter long walkway tunnel. The entire setup of the aquatic gallery is designed and developed in the collaboration with New Zealand’s Marine Scape Eo-aquarium.
The aquarium displays marine life from all across the world including alligator gar, reef sharks, black pacu fish and koi among others.
Overall the aquarium has around 11,600 kinds of fish and 188 different species of marine animals.
The Science City will also have a robotic gallery that will make visitors aware of the evolution of robots. That would be an interactive gallery showcasing the best of robotics technology. Through this initiative, visitors will be able to explore the ever-evolving field of robotics. The unique attraction of the robotic gallery would be a huge replica of a transformer robot in the entrance and a humanoid robot welcoming and communicating with the visitors and will display joy, excitement and surprise.
The robotic gallery is built in an area of 11,000 square meters.
The gallery showcases over 79 different types of 200 robots, including machines that can interact with humans and humanoid robots that have human-like bodies.
The nature park is built in an area of over eight hectares and has been developed and designed in collaboration with the forest department. The main focus behind the construction of the nature park is to introduce visitors to flora and fauna as it includes biology and botany. The park is also expected to add a chemistry segment in the coming future.
The nature park is spread across an area of 20 acres and built at the cost of Rs 14 crore.
It has life-size statues of animals.
It also has an interesting maze designed for children.
The park has many amazing attractions like a chess garden, fog garden, open maze, and sculpture park.
The early phase of the Science City had an IMAX 3D, energy park and simulation rides, musical dancing fountain, that interested visitors. Later the first phase witnessed the establishment of a “hall of science” and “hall of space” in its dome-shaped main building. Moreover, the city had a life science park, energy education park, a planet and earth pavilion that give information about planets and their revolutions. As per GCSC, Science City experiences a footfall of 8 lakh per year and now that the second phase of its construction has three key developments, it’s expected that more people will visit the place and get closer to the science. The inauguration of the aquatic gallery, robotics gallery and nature park was conducted on 16th July that registered around 2,500 participants.
It is hoped that as the place is having the new developments, the monetary and thoughtfulness investment aids in creating sensitivity and awareness towards our ecology. The park is open from 12-9 pm and is without a doubt must be visited once in a lifetime.