PUNE: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has come up with a 3-D planetarium in Sahakarnagar area. The civic body is claiming that it will be the first such planetarium in any corporation across the State. It is based on 3rd Dimension Visualisation Digital technology. PMC expects to inaugurate the facility within a month. For the first month, no fees will be charged from the visitors.
The planetarium is being developed on the basis of the concept put forward by Deputy Mayor and senior Congress corporator Aba Bagul. Bagul took the initiative to complete this project as early as possible. PMC completed the project within one year, spending Rs 5 crore. It is located on the fifth floor of Rajiv Gandhi E-Learning school building. The planetarium has a capacity to accommodate 52 people. Each show will be 40 minutes long. Bagul said that visitors will not need to use special glasses to feel the experience of 3-D.
Sandeep Khandhve, Superintendent Engineer of Building Construction Department, said, “Full doom technology, which involves the use of three-dimensional films, is being used for the planetarium. There are eight high definition projectors with modern technology. PMC has decided to charge a fee after one month of the inauguration. We are also going to engage experts to give information about the planetarium to visitors.”
Corporator Bagul said, “We have decided to name the planetarium after former chief minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh. We are trying to get the planetarium inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, along with seven former chief ministers of Maharashtra - Sharad Pawar, Manohar Joshi, Shivajirao Nilagekar, Sushilkumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan, Narayan Rane and Ashok Chavan.”