The much awaited fish aquarium at Fateh Sagar is OPEN NOW! State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria inaugurated it. The Rs 5 crore project is speculated to be a major tourist attraction and also will help facilitate research works in limnology.
In the first phase of the Under the Sun aquarium built at Fateh Sagar Pal (promenade), the newly constructed 125-meter long gallery will play host to 156 varieties of both fresh water and sea-fish procured from 16 countries which have been showcased in specially built tanks. The visitors would get a feel of being inside an ocean and can have a close look at the carp species.
This will be the first of its kind virtual fish aquarium in the country. The aquarium will have 216 species of fishes brought from 16 countries across the world.
Kids will be able to play with fishes in the touch pool. Smallest fish is of only 1 cm length while the largest fish Aropama is 9 feet long. All the fishes are of tropical breed. Water from the aquarium will be used to water Vibhuti park garden. Every fish tank will have an LED associate with it and touching the LED will give complete information about the fish.
The aquarium will give visitors a sense of going deep into the ocean along with fishes by hosting over 1500 varieties of fishes. The aquarium studded with colorful fishes will also have a virtual world which will be the first of its kind in India. Research of fishes will also be carried out in this area.
Kataria carried out the inauguration by unveiling the inauguration plate and cutting the ribbon. Speaking on the occasion, Kataria said that the aquarium will give an additional fillip to tourism in the city and the visitors will leave back with happy memories.
Kataria also said that there will be no shortage of funds and expertise in making the aquarium even better. The aquarium has seen the light of the day due to joint efforts of UIT, UMC and people of Udaipur, said Kataria.
Kailash Khandelwal, private developer of the aquarium, said that work on the aquarium took 4 months to complete. He said that second phase of the aquarium will see digital world and a cafeteria.
UIT has spent Rs 2 crore in construction of the premise and has contracted it out at Rs 2.5 Lakh per month.
The aquarium will be open from 8 am till 11 pm.