The Government have sanctioned a seed money of Rs.10.00 lakhs towards alienation of land for the establishment of the Regional Science Centre including Planetarium at Coimbatore. A land measuring 5.91 acres in Survey No.453 at Vilankurichi Village, near Coimbatore City has been identified as a suitable site.
The Government have given enter-upon permission for the land and the same has been taken in possession by this Centre on 05.01.2001. In the first instance a compound wall has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.10.00 lakhs in order to protect the land. Necessary building to establish the Planetarium is to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.300.00 lakhs.
Further, the projector and other accessories required for the Planetarium is going to be imported at a cost of Rs.600.00 lakhs. For raising necessary funds a Fund Raising Committee is to be constituted by the Government, for which necessary proposals have been submitted to the government.