The 12-feet long aquatic kingdom is Indian Railways first paludarium that houses myriad flora and fauna
In addition to enhancing the passenger experience, the initiative would be a revenue earner for Indian Railways. A nominal entry fee of ₹25 has been kept per passenger
In a first, an aquatic kingdom has been set up at a Bengaluru Railway station. From rare species of fishes to exotic marine plants, the facility promises to give a visual treat to passengers for a entry fee of just ₹25. Currently, 25 visitors can visit the aquarium at a time in the view of the pandemic.
The one-of-its-kind aquatic park at Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station has been developed by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd(IRSDC) in collaboration with HNi Aquatic Kingdom.
The 12-feet long aquatic kingdom at the railway station is Indian Railways first paludarium that houses myriad flora and fauna. "Its entrance gives a glimpse into marine life, with a beautiful dolphin humbly greeting visitors with a slight bow and a smile," a Indian Railways release said.
A 3D selfie area, 20 feet of glass periphery are some attractive features of this this facility.
It is also home to various aquatic animals such as alligator gar ranging, stingrays, sharks, lobsters, snails and shrimps. The aquarium is adorned with natural rocks and splashes of driftwood, artificial coral rocks.
In addition to enhancing the passenger experience, the initiative would be a revenue earner for Indian Railways, the release said, adding that a nominal entry fee of ₹25 has been kept per passenger.
"This aquatic kingdom will entice passengers and visitors and it will not only be an enjoyable experience but also educative to experience a life size kingdom of fishes here, IRSDC MD and CEO S K Lohia said.
It is our endeavour to transform Indian Railways by re/developing stations at par with Airports and also enhance passenger delight with our excellent facility management initiatives; wherein even the waiting time will become a pleasurable experience for the passengers and visitors rather than being mundane, he also said.
No this is not Under Water World Singapore. India’s 1st Aquatic Kingdom at a Railway Station opened today at Bengaluru station. It has many unique attraction for kids e.g. beautiful sea and fresh water fishes and other aquatic life and a glass tunnel. @PiyushGoyalOffc pic.twitter.com/8PIPUp0pYF
"Even following strict COVID related protocols, up to 25 visitors can visit the aquarium at a time," he added.
IRSDC has been entrusted with the mandate to undertake facility management at five railway stations--KSR Bengaluru, Pune, Anand Vihar, Chandigarh and Secunderabad-- to enhance customer experience and make travel a safe and hassle-free experience.
Shortly, IRSDC will be undertaking facility management of 90 more stations in a phased manner.
(With inputs from agencies)
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