After several failed attempts towards expansion of the Taraporewala Aquarium, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning an underground walk-through sea water aquarium at the Birla Krida Kendra at Charni Road.
As part of the makeover of the landmark theatre, the civic body has finalised the designs of the project and will be floating tenders by July. The makeover plan will cost an estimated Rs70-80 crore including the restoration of the theatre, auditoriums inside the premise and the aquarium.
The civic body plans to go underground up to two levels to build the walk-through cyclic aquarium that will have marine species and oceanic ecosystem on display.
“The designs for the project have been finalised. We plan to execute it on a public-private-partnership model,” said additional municipal commissioner, Aseem Gupta.
Gupta added that apart from the aquarium, the theatre and the other auditoriums would also be renovated. However, the ongoing art-related activities will not be affected.
The sea-facing 70,498.98 sqft Birla Krida Kendra houses a drama theatre, multi-purpose halls and a restaurant. The civic-owned facility was shut down in the year 2000 after it was declared dilapidated.
The contract would be given to firms that have an experience of maintaining at least three aquariums and can understand the cycle of the marine species. As the area falls under the Coastal Regulatory Zone, appropriate permissions will be needed.