While construction of underwater tunnel aquariums are expected to cost Rs. 100 crore each, the water sports facility at Nagarjunasagar will be a Rs. 250-crore project
The Tourism Department in its effort to offer new tourism and entertainment options to tourists in the State, is planning to construct two world-class underwater tunnel aquariums and marine theme parks in the capital and also at Visakhapatnam. The department is also working on developing a water sports and marine theme park at Nagarjunasagar as well.
All these three major tourism projects are to be developed under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. While the underwater tunnel aquariums project are estimated at Rs.100 crore each, the proposed water sports facility at Nagarjunasagar would be a Rs.250 crore project, informs a senior official of the department.
Spread over an area of 30 acres, the underwater tunnel aquariums will have an underwater bar and restaurant, indoor sky-diving, musical and laser water fountains, resorts and spa, convention halls, roller-coaster rides, seal stadium, wax museum, dinosaur parks, etc.
The department has identified open lands at Budvel village in Rajendranagar on the outskirts and Yendadanagar and Madhurawada in Visakhpatnam for constructing the aquariums, says Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Tourism Department.
Budvel is a fast growing township near Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University and is just 1 km away from the Outer Ring Road (ORR). Location-wise, it has good potential for developing an underwater tunnel aquarium here, explains another officer of the department.
If these projects are taken up and completed as per schedule period of one and a half years from the date of construction, it will provide for a never before experience to the citizens of the country, claims Ms. Khan.
Though there is one such facility at Jalandhar, it is a much smaller underwater aquarium compared to the two being proposed as these would provide world-class entertainment and tourism service, she says.
The government has invited global tenders for taking up the projects and already quite a few companies, including an international company, which developed such a facility at Manila, Philippines have responded, she reveals.
The company representatives had also visited the proposed sites in Budvel and Visakhapatnam and had even conducted a preliminary study about the technical and financial feasibility. A meeting is scheduled to be held with the prospective bidders next week to discuss various issues, adds the official.