Mumbai suburbs to get a multi-level aquarium, on the lines of Bangkok & Singapore

Mumbai suburbs might very soon be a home to a multi-level aquarium which will be built on the lines of Bangkok and Singapore, to boost the tourism potential around this area. Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, recently ordered the Tourism Department to draft a proposal regarding the development of this high-end aquarium in Mumbai.

Due to a declining footfall, Mumbai's Taraporevala Aquarium was renovated back in March 2015, with an acrylic glass tunnel on the entrance to add to its appeal and yet failed to retain its position as a major tourist spot. To bolster the falling number of tourists, authorities in Mumbai have come up with the idea to open a world class aquarium in the suburbs.

What's Happening?

After assuming charge as the CM of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray has proposed a multi-level aquarium in Mumbai on the lines of Ocean World, which is a Bangkok-based aquarium and also a popular tourist attraction in Thailand.

This suggestion has been curated with a vision of boosting the tourism potential of the city and will be administered by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. The aquarium will be built on five acres of Aarey land at a cost of approximately 800 crores. Also, no redevelopments or expansion will be undertaken pertaining to the existing Taraporwala Aquarium.

According to reports by TOI, the CM stated, "Mumbai being the city of international standards, needs to be developed further by adding new attractions to woo tourists." He further added that the government had already built a cruise terminal that is at par with international standards and building a high-level aquarium would further enhance the list of popular tourist attractions in the city.

Knock Knock

The exact spot of construction hasn't been finalised yet as the concerned department is awaiting a response from the collectorate. Apart from this project, other tourism concepts such as sea tourism, night safari in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and flamingo tourism were also a part of the discussions.

Since Mumbai is all about the sea, authorities are also focusing on water tourism activities, which will be implemented in multifolds. Moreover, existing caves such as the Mahakali Caves, Kanheri Caves and Elephanta Caves will also be developed to increase the tourism quotient of the city.

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What's the update?

The newest marvel of Western Railway, the Mumbai AC Local will soon have a 'Content on Demand' service. This initiative aims to change the way people view local trains as well as introduce the quotient of luxury and comfort in the trains. This would include a high-quality, buffer free streaming of new and popular TV shows as well as movies.

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The service will be available in both paid and unpaid formats on a mobile app which can be downloaded by the passengers and used as a window. Passengers will be able to log in to the app, stream the content and enjoy the service.

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Knock Knock

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