Knowledge park, museum opened at Jaya memorial

Chennai: A knowledge park and museum at the memorial of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the Marina beach front was thrown open to the public from Friday.

Public Works Department officials said the state-of-the-art facilities, created at a cost of Rs 80 crore, were inaugurated in February. But the memorial was closed as final touches were being given and also due to the Assembly elections.

The two facilities appear to be an extension of the wings of a phoenix on the northern and southern sides of the memorial.

Constructed over 8,550 sqft each, they will display digital content on Jayalalithaa’s life and achievements.

With murals and a wax statue of Jayalalithaa, visitors can view animation videos on various schemes implemented during her tenures and other aspects of her life, including school life and film career.

Visitors can also take a selfie with Jayalalithaa through augmented reality technology. Virtual reality (VR) technology has been used in many installations.

More security personnel were deployed at the memorial and visitors are being allowed only after following Covid-19 safety protocols, including wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distancing.

 

NT Bureau