Mysore, Apr.3 (KK&JP)-The city is soon to have a top class aquarium on the lines of the Marine World in Singapore if all goes according to plans.

The aquarium complex coming up at the Mysore Zoo-Karanji Lake bund is nearing completion. A sum of Rs. 3 crore had been allotted from the CM’s grant of Rs. 100 crore for this project.

The work is being rushed to complete the project before the end of June. The building is ready and the roofing work is being done.

The aquarium complex will allow the visitors to walk through a well-lit tunnel with huge fish tanks on either side.

Sources told Star of Mysore that the project will be ready to receive visitors by the time of the next Dasara. The tunnel work has already been completed.

Community Park

Apart from the world-class aquarium, there will also be a community park along the Karanji Lake Bund area and a sum of Rs 2.99 crore has been allotted for this.

The walkway is being readied and retaining walls are in place. The park is expected to have gardens with seats for visitors and along the walkway there will be statues of various eminent persons beginning with the erstwhile Royal family of Mysore. There will also be viewing bridges with seats.

Earlier, Mahesh, officer-in-charge of this project told Star of Mysore that most of the work slated to be completed in the first phase were ready and they would soon take up the remaining work in the second phase. In the second phase, the road link from Karanji Circle to Rana Pratap Circle would be completed along with all ancillary work.

Referring to the aquarium work, Mahesh told Star of Mysore that there would be a variety of both fresh and saltwater fish representative of many species in the aquarium units. There would also be an audio-visual display with LED screens and informative signboards that would inform the visitors about the habitat of the various types of fishes.

Interior decoration work, special glass and procurement of various species of fish would cost around Rs. 5.65 crore, Mahesh said. The aquarium will house around 200 species of fish, Mahesh said and added they would be kept in as near a natural environment as possible.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore