Thiruvananthapuram | An Oceanarium and marine biological research centre will be set up at Ernakulam district at a cost of Rs 480 crore.
Fisheries and Port Minister K Babu told the state Assembly today that the proposed project had already got clearance from the state Pollution Control Board and local self government.
He said the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority had forwarded the applications for enviornmental and coastal zone clearance to the Centre.
The state government expected to receive the environmental clearance from the Centre within three months, he said, adding that a global tender would be floated soon for the construction of the project.
Official sources said the state-of-the art Oceanarium would be aimed at propagating awareness about marine environment and bio-diversity. The Oceanarium would offer unique underwater experience by showcasing aquarium alley, deep sea tunnel, polar pavilion, shark tank, touch tank and other entertainment facilities.
The proposed project, spread over 50 acres at Puthuvypeen in Ernakulam District, is likely to be set up on a public-private partnership model.
An oceanarium is a simulated ocean and contain all living organisms found in the water body including large species like whales and sharks.
The research centre would also tie up with various universities and research centres in India and abroad to facilitate opportunities to do research projects in Marine biology and biotechnology. Varies species of marine organisms collected from all over the world like corals, reef and underwater caves will be set up.
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