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Birsa zoo aquarium all set for opening, finally!

Much awaited Project cost Rs 3.64 cr, spread over an area of 936 square metre. Exotic and indigenous fishes will be put on display in 58 quarantine tanks

ranchi Updated: Jun 27, 2017 15:40 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Newly constructed  Aquarium at Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park premises in Ranchi
Newly constructed Aquarium at Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park premises in Ranchi(HT Photo)

If you are an ardent fish lover, visit Ranchi’s Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park, popularly known as Birsa zoo, where India’s one of the ‘largest’ aquariums has been coming up, which will showcase more than 1,600 fishes of 120 varieties.

Chief minister Raghubar Das will open the city’s much-awaited aquarium for public viewing on June 28. “Built at an estimated cost of Rs 3.64 crore and spread over an area of 936 square metre, the aquarium will have fishes of both exotic and indigenous varieties,” said zoo director Ashok Kumar, adding, besides Indian breeds, rare and popular fish species have also been brought to the zoo aquarium from Bangkok, Malaysia and Singapore.

An array of herbivore, carnivore, omnivore and scavenger fishes would be put on display in 58 quarantine tanks. Deadliest fishes such as Piranha and Alligator Gar and eye-catching Angelfish, Cichlid and Parrotfish would be the major attractions at the aquarium .

Inside view of newly constructed Aquarium at Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park in Ranchi (HT Photo)

“Entry ticket to the aquarium will be Rs 30 for an adult and Rs 15 for a child, ” said Kumar.

Interestingly, the project had been conceived in 2005 and was hanging fire for the past 12 years.

The concrete structure of the project had been constructed in 2005, but, it was not completed due to ‘alleged’ bureaucratic hurdles. In 2008, the state government had floated tenders inviting agencies to complete the pending project, but hardly any agency turned up for the project.

Kumar further said the aquarium was one of his dream projects and he took initiative to complete it. “Finally, a Mumbai-based agency Utekar Fisheries was hired and now the aquarium is ready for opening,” he said.

Besides the aquarium, chief minister Raghubar Das will also lay the foundation stone of an ecological park near the aquarium of the zoo. The project to cost Rs 5.7 crore and will come up on five acres of land. “The park will also have landscaped gardens, fountains, jogging tracks and seating zone,” said an official of the zoo.