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Friday, 23 January, 2009, 21 : 00 PM [IST]

Lavasa Corporation Ltd. to set up first space-themed park near Pune by 2010

Lavasa Corporation Ltd., a subsidiary of infrastructure major Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) is gearing up to offer the country its space-themed park, complete with a space camp, an aviation camp, fun rides demonstrating weightlessness, robotics, rocketry and even scuba diving near Pune. For this, the Company recently signed an agreement with Dubai-based Space Investment Company an investment of Rs 400 crore.

The space-themed park will be named SpaceWorld, the 65-acre park will come up near Warasgaon Dam at Lavasa Hill City, near Pune. The park will be operational in 2010. SpaceWorld India will have educational programmes prepared with inputs from representatives of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and veteran astronauts. It will also draw upon the Dubai firm's US partner and license, the United States Space and Rocket Centre. “As India takes giant steps with its space exploration programme, we expect SpaceWorld at Lavasa to provide a lifetime experience that will fascinate researchers, students, tourists, both adults and children alike,” said Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman, Lavasa Corp. It will have an entertainment area for live communication with the International Space Station, and lectures by astronauts and simulation of various missions.
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