Ujjain Smart City plans tunnel aquarium on PPP basis

Ujjain Smart City plans tunnel aquarium on PPP basis

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Ujjain Smart City is planning to build a tunnel aquarium and amusement park with all modern facilities on public private partnership basis. The selected private agency (the concessionaire) has to plan Tunnel Aquarium and Amusement Park with innovation, quality and international standards. The private agency will enter into an agreement with USCL for Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) of assets for 25 years.

The concessionaire is required to undertake investigation, survey, detailed design, structural designs and construction of Tunnel Aquarium and Amusement Park including cafeteria, development works, MEP, Fire fighting systems, HVAC, Drinking Water, safety features, Dewatering/ Drainage etc.

The concessionaire has to decide tunnel structures and cylindrical tank exhibits and curved large panels. Apart from usual fish tanks and aquarium the facility will also have shark aquarium and dolphin shows. Musical fountains, laser shows, amusement park / water themed park, etc. will be other features of the project. Provision for open air theatre and video wall for presentations and aquatic shows will also be there.

USCL’s role will mainly be restricted to floating RFP for the selection of concessionaire and completing bid process. After concluding agreement with selected concessionaire, USCL will facilitate the concessionaire in providing land for the project, finalization of all designs and drawings, arranging necessary documents for mandatory and statuary approvals and coordinate with various government departments. USCL will supervise and monitor quality and progress of the project with desired interventions and course corrections.

This will not be the first tunnel aquarium in the country as Chennai already has one. Built at a cost of Rs 115 crore, Chennai has under water tunnel aquarium which was opened for the public recently. The 70 meter long tunnel aquarium in Chennai has 35 exhibits with big and small tanks containing both fresh and marine water species.