City To Get Underground Fish Aquarium, Aqua Park ‘Soon’

SRINAGAR — Government will soon set up an underground fish aquarium and aqua park at Botanical Garden Srinagar at a cost of Rs 100 crore with an aim to provide another place of lei­sure and knowledge for locals and tourists alike.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Forest, PHE, I&FC and Fisheries Mir Zahoor Ahmad, while chairing first meeting of officers con­vened to discuss the measures for setting up the prestigious project.

The Minister said that this would be a first of its kind mod­ern Fish Aquarium in Kashmir Valley on the banks of Dal Lake which will promote pisciculture besides providing an added tour­ist attraction in the vicinity of the Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and world-famous Tulip Garden in the foothills of Zabarwan Mountain.

The Minister said that fish aquarium will be set up under­ground near Botanical Garden and on the surface, a beautiful aqua park will also be set up. He said that an amount of Rs 35.00 crore will be spent on the project in the first phase. He said that it will be a centrally heated aquari­um to withstand extreme low tem­perature during the harsh winter.

The Minister said the aquar­ium, once completed, will not only provide employment oppor­tunities to local youth but will also generate huge revenue for the State. He also directed the authorities to conduct a visit of the site and start work to obtain no objection certificates from the concerned departments be­fore the start of ground work.

The Director Fisheries, P. N. Pandita gave a detailed presen­tation about the setting up of aquarium and Aqua Park. He ap­prised the meeting that the area being green belt, it was decided to build the aquarium entirely underground so that the envi­ronment is not affected.

Commissioner/Secretary Fish­eries, R K Bhagat, Secretary Flo­riculture, Talat Parvez, Director Fisheries P.NPandita, Director Floriculture MathooraMasoom and senior officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.

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