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Kolkata Society to set up science museum in Yemen

Saturday 30 April 2005, by BHATTACHARJI*Jaya, BHATTACHARYA*Malabika

KOLKATA: The Kolkata Museum Society added yet another feather to its cap when a high-level Yemeni delegation, recently on a visit to the metropolis, entrusted it with the job of constructing a national science museum in their country.

The museum, costing nearly Rs. 130 crores, will be set up in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. The three-member delegation went round the Town Hall here to get an idea about its ``talking museum.’’ The museum, created by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation captures the evolution of science through the ages. The Society has been busy setting up such talking museums across the country. The delegation was led by the chairman of Yemen’s Geological Survey and Mineral Resource Board, Ismail En Al Gana.

Kolkata Museum Director Tapan Sinha said the Society had entered into an agreement with the Board. The delegation approved the draft agreement after examining its clauses. `Yemen is keen on implementing this project at the earliest,’’ he said. The Society’s role in the project will be at two levels, designing and implementation. The former will cost nearly Rs. 17 lakhs while the latter Rs. 6 crores or so. The project will be completed within four months.

The proposed Yemen National Science Museum will be set up in an area of 12,000 sq. metres. The delegation had a long conversation on the project with the Society’s consultant, also architect of the city’s Science Museum, Saroj Ghosh.The Society is now working on a science city in Gujarat, on the lines of Kolkata’s science city.

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