Maharashtra government plans to build a world-class aquarium on five-acre plot in Mumbai
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Mumbai might very soon boast of a multi-level aquarium, which will be built on lines similar to that of the ones in Bangkok and Singapore.

According to Hindustan Times, the Maharashtra government is planning to build a world-class aquarium, which will likely be set up in suburbs of Mumbai on a five-acre plot. “We will require a large chunk of land for the project. We are looking for a five-acre plot. It is unlikely that we would find that much land in south Mumbai or even in the island city. We are looking for a plot in the suburbs,” said a senior tourism department official told the Hindustan Times.

Mumbai already has an aquarium which is located at Charni Road, which is the city's oldest and one of the popular tourist attractions. But over the years its visitors over the years.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time the Shiv Sena has put its weight behind such a project. The party has been one of the driving forces behind the revamp of Byculla Zoo, including the decision to bring penguins.

Earlier in December 2019, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked the state tourism department to draft a proposal to develop a multilevel aquarium in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray wanted a multilevel aquarium in Mumbai on the lines of Bangkok-based Ocean World, a popular tourist attraction in Thailand.

Thackeray said, "Mumbai is an international city. Tourists will start coming to Mumbai via its international cruise terminal. Hence, as a part of it we need to have an international multilevel aquarium in the first stage. I have asked the officials to prepare a proposal for the project."

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