India’s second largest aquarium shows signs of neglect and ruin
By Sanjana Raina
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Empty Fish Tank doesn't have fish
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Broken ceiling inside the aquarium
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Broken chandelier resulting in poor lighting
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Missing name plates at the aquarium
Bangalore, Oct 10, 2017: The Bangalore aquarium in Cubbon Park, said to be India’s second largest aquarium is in ruins.
The inside of the aquarium is in disrepair with the ceiling riddled with holes, peeling paint and no lighting. The chandelier is broken, casting darkness in the interiors.
Sapan Kandi, visitor from Orissa at the aquarium, complained, “The ceiling inside the aquarium is not fixed after the wear and tear, as it is a Government owned aquarium they should keep it properly. Also, many fish species are repeated.”
Merita, a visitor from Kerala, observed, “The lighting along the path is poor and makes it difficult for us, the visitors. A few name plates over the fish tanks are missing.”
Despite being the largest aquarium in the state, the Government Aquarium doesn’t have an official website. Furthermore, the information on the aquarium provided by various websites like Tripadvisor, Holidfy, Ixigo among others is inaccurate.
“The websites usually publish incorrect information; about the number of floors. More importantly, the pictures on various tourist websites are from aquariums in Thailand, none of them are clicked here in this aquarium ”, said Naveen, field assistant at the aquarium.
These websites claim there are 83 tanks in the aquarium, in reality there are 73 active tanks and three abandoned tanks. The number of floors mentioned in the website is three but Government Aquarium is spread across two floors.
Siddaiah, curator at the aquarium, said, “The Government has allocated Rs 6 lakhs per year for maintenance of the aquarium. In spite of several complains from our side about the regular issues, the Government has turned a blind eye to all these complains.”
Anirban Chaudhary, urban planner, said, “The Governement should reinvent the aquarium and if they can’t maintain it they should completely close it and make it a functionally ecological museum or else they should make it a part of a park.”