It was more than a decade since the plan to set up exclusive science cities was on anvil with Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh as one such location heard often,
Finally, Y.S. Chowdary, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology has revealed that there are plans to establish four such Science Cities in different zones in a hub-and-spoke method to give equal representation to each zone in country’s science and technology footprint.
The initiative will be spread to every state in phased manner and every Science City would cater to laboratories and scientific institutions in the states located in the zone.
The Science City would be equipped with the much needed infrastructure as well as other facilities, that would include state-of-the-art research laboratories, a convention centre and hotels. The international researchers could also avail the facilities.
However, the blueprint for Science Cities is still in its preparatory stage, the minister informed, In addition, the ministry is planning to rope in international agencies to set up solar research institutions, he said.
However, naming Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan for now, the minister said the ministry is re-orienting itself to estabish science citites as part of the Modi government’s plan under programs such as Make in India, Skill Development and Swach Bharat programs.
While the ministry is exploring the possibility of addressing solid waste management in Swach Bharat, he said supplying clean drinking water, rising crop produce and eradicating infection and disease among the people constitute other key areas of focus.