The government of the Gujarat region in India has issued a work order for a Rs2.57bn ($39.6m) “aquatic life science park” to be constructed at Science City in Hebatpur.
The aquatic life science park will include a glass tunnel that will allow visitors to watch various marine animals swim around them as well as simulated habitats for species such as penguins, otters and more.
The $39.6m project is being developed by a consortium of Marinescape and Shapoorji in partnership with the Gujarat government.
Dhananjay Dwivedi, secretary of science and technology for Gujarat government, told the Times of India: “At the proposed aquatic life science park, students and visitors will be able to see aquatic life of different zones like Indian, Asian, African, Americas, Oceans of the World, different types of sharks, weird aquatic species, and rare species found in different parts of the world.”
He added that the project will include three types of water, more than 400 different species and 72 varieties of tank.
Construction is expected to take between 18 and 24 months. The tendering process is complete and building work is expected to begin shortly, Dwivedi told the Times.
Gujarat Science City is part of a government initiative to draw more students towards education in science. It features a range of attractions including an Imax 3D theatre, an energy park, a hall of science, an amphitheatre, life science park and dancing musical fountains.