THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The architectural marvel of the city, Napier Museum, will get a new add-on in the form of an Aquarium. With inbuilt Mermaid waterfalls, marine reef tanks, carved structures and advanced technological support systems, a major treat awaits visitors including tourists at the Museum. Forest minister K Raju will inaugurate the aquarium on May 24. Hindustan Prefab Limited along with the State Government allotted Rs 2.19 crores for the project.
It will exhibit Jellyfish, Marine Butterflies, Arapaima gigas, Discus fish and Alligators. The design of the existing reptile park has been created by Chief designer Vinod Mayoora and a team of associates including Kishore and Mahin Karamana. The man behind the concept is Anwar, Creative Head at DNA who had pitched the idea to the Government. “Window panels have been transformed into space for 32 Relief Art Paintings and almost 280 lights illuminate the entire space,” said Vinod.
The Aquarium would be open for visitors till 8.30 pm. Extended time beyond the closing time has been allowed to attract crowds. Moreover, the intricate design would give a beautiful night view. Anwar who is on his third project in collaboration with the Government, said; “We’ve tried our best to work on the ancient structure without altering it much. The design team has created exteriors replicating a park with the water valley and bridge.” The men behind the idea told Deccan Chronicle that they were expecting tourists to visit the Museum in large numbers once the Aquarium is opened to the public.