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Two years on India's first 3G aquarium to come up in Jalandhar

The upcoming 'Jalandhar Ocean World' here will be country's first of its kind 3rd generation aquarium-cum-food court and will offer a fusion of Asian cuisine, particularly Chinese and sea-food.

punjab Updated: Aug 23, 2012 21:22 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
Hindustan Times

The upcoming 'Jalandhar Ocean World' here will be country's first of its kind 3rd generation aquarium-cum-food court and will offer a fusion of Asian cuisine, particularly Chinese and sea-food.

Speaking to HT, Lim Chee Yong, chief executive officer-cum-president of China Oceanis Philippines, Inc, which was awarded the Rs 30-crore project by the Jalandhar municipal corporation under a public private partnership (PPP) mode, said that the project would bring Jalandhar on the country's tourism map.

"Jalandhar Ocean World will be the first marine-theme food court in India. It will house exciting, enticing, and enriching marine life attractions. Aside from learning about marine life wonders and the importance of conserving the environment, guests, especially children, will also enjoy multi-sensory spectacles and a fusion of Asian cuisine," Yong said, with city mayor Rakesh Rathour nodding his agreement.

The best of Asia's flavors and the ambiance of Singapore's hawker style dining will be showcased in Jalandhar soon.

"We will make you indulge in nasi lemak, hainanese chicken rice, satay, char kway teow, laksa, and other classic Singaporean favorites in Makan Makan restaurant here," he said. 'Makan' is an Indonesian term for eating.

The restaurant will offer diverse cuisines-Chinese, Indian, Thai, Malay, Filipino and of course Punjabi. "We are keen on introducing real-time sea food and Chinese fusion food," Yong, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry said.

"Over 200 species of fish, including 50 from India, and the rest from other countries would be seen in the aquarium. We will prepare the water to present a real marine life here. In view of the importance of bio-diversity in the current scenario, youngsters will learn a lot especially learn from their visit to the place. We will deploy counsellors to impart information about various aspects of marine life in local languages including Punjabi, Hindi and English," he said.

Yong, who runs Manila Ocean Park in Philippines, said that there will be a separate feeding cum demonstration training hall for school children.

"We will also set up an interactive zone and touch pools where children will be able to touch and feel the smaller fishes. The 4D show will be another feature, wherein, marine creatures will interact with the guests to make them experience both real-time animation and digital puppetry."

Though food court will be situated on the ground floor, guests would be able to relish fine dining on the second floor. The sitting arrangement will be encircled around the aquarium.

"We will hire 125 cooks; a majority of them will be, however, imparted training at Manila Ocean Park in Manila so as to offer world's best foodstuff at affordable prices," Jervie Flor Ioo, the food and beverages manager, said.

Mayor Rathour said that the Philippines firm would pay Rs 11 lakh per annum to the civic body with a yearly increase of 10%.

"The firm will pay us over Rs 96 crores as fee during its 47 years concession period. After that, the land and the assets will be transferred to the municipal corporation," Rathour said, adding that the project, spread over an acre of land, would be completed in two years.
Earlier, Chunni Lal Bhagat, local bodies minister, laid the foundation stone of the project in the afternoon.


1. Third generation aquarium
2. Food court with fusion of Asian cuisine
3. Feeding cum demonstration hall for school children
4. Gaming Zone
5. 4D interactive show on marine life
6. Interactive Zone and touch polls, enabling kids to touch small fishes
7. Double basement parking

First Published: Aug 23, 2012 21:08 IST