Mangaluru, Mar 01, 2018: India’s first 3D Planetarium- ’Swami Vivekananda 3D 8K Hybrid Planetarium’ was inaugurated at the Dr Shivaram Karanth Nisargadhama at Pilikula on March 1, Thursday by State Minister for Science and Technology M R Sitharam.
The Planetarium has come up at the premises of the Regional Science Centre at Pilikula. A formal function in this connection was held after the dignitaries including DK District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai, Mayor Kavitha Sanil, MLA J R Loo and others viewed a 3D Show named "Naavu Nakshatragalu."
Speaking on the occasion M R Sitharam said a Pilikula Development Authority would be constituted for the overall development of the Pilikula Nisargadhama and added the Authority will start functioning once the governor approves the proposal. Through the Authority Pilikula would further develop as a tourism spot, he said. He said the Planetarium has been constructed at cost of Rs 35.69 crores.
JR Lobo, MLA of Mangaluru South recalled the far sightedness of the then DC Bharatlal Meena had paved the way for the development of a once vacant land at Vamanjoor into a great spot over the years.
An informative pamphlet on Pilikula was released on the occasion.
MLAs Abhayachandra Jain, Moidin Bava, ISRO PRO Guruprasad, Regional Science Centre Chief Dr H Honnegowda, Pilikula Executive Director V Prasanna, MUDA Chairman Suresh Ballal, Additional DC Kumar and others were present.
On account of the inaugural, free shows will be organised at the Planetarium on Thursday and Friday after availing advance tickets.
The Planetarium with a seating capacity for 170 is the first 3D active digital hybrid planetarium in India. The planetarium with a dome of 18 metre diameter has a Megastar IIA optical projector