GUWAHATI, Aug 29 – The recently inaugurated Jorhat Science Centre-cum-Planetarium has attracted over 27,000 visitors during the first month of its service.
Official sources said that between July 6 and August 5, the Jorhat Planetarium received 27,200 visitors and earned a revenue of Rs 3.87 lakh.
A senior official said that initially, the target for the Jorhat Planetarium was around one lakh visitors annually.
Asked if the public response during the first month may prompt the authorities to revise the target upward, he said that it is too early to make any such assumption.
“Firstly, July is the month when schools and colleges have vacations. Besides, this is the first centre of its kind in upper Assam and so the initial response is not unexpected. The real trend will be seen only after August is over. But we are sure that we will cross the target of one lakh visitors during the first year,” he said.
The Guwahati Planetarium receives an annual footfall of around 1.5 lakh.
The exhibition gallery at the Jorhat Planetarium, which is currently dedicated to the subject of disaster management, will feature a new theme after six months. “However, we have not yet decided what the new theme would be,” he said.
Meanwhile, construction works are progressing for three new planetariums at Kokrajhar, North Lakhimpur and Nalbari. While the Kokrajhar Planetarium is expected to be operational by March next year, the Nalbari and North Lakhimpur planetariums are likely to be completed by the end of 2014.
The planetarium at Kokrajhar will have a 10-metre dome and a seating capacity of over 100, while the North Lakhimpur and Nalbari planetariums will have domes measuring eight metres with seating capacity of over 50 persons at a time.
He said that with the completion of the three proposed planetariums, the entire Brahmaputra Valley would be covered.
“While the Guwahati Planetarium will cater to the people on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra in lower Assam, the Jorhat Planetarium will take care of the population on the southern bank of upper Assam. The project in Kokrajhar will cater to the BTAD region, Dhubri and Bongaigaon, besides Bhutan, while the Nalbari and North Lakhimpur planetariums will cover the lower and upper regions of the north bank respectively,” the scientist said.