Perhaps we all have, while passing by the E.M. by pass road, wondered what could be done to the acres of swamp land of the East Kolkata Wet Lands to make the pitiful stretch any better. And to our pleasant bewilderment the governent has gifted us with an aesthetically pleasing park themed on pisciculture.
Here’s presenting ‘Captain Bheri Eco & Aquatic Hub’ located at Tapuriaghata, E. M. Bypass road Kolkata- 700105.
We, at Beacon Kolkata, take pride on being the first to introduce to you the newest place in town, opened only last month. The place is right off the E. M. Bypass road, the nearest landmark being the Chingrighata more.
Just as you enter through the giant sized ‘Iron Fish’ clad gates, you’ll find the spot to park your car/bike.
The entry fee is ₹25/head and parking Is ₹10/bike.
As you enter you will be greeted by life size mermaid sitting on a heap of artificial rocks in a lady-like manner. And mind you the mermaid is also, well, artificial.
There is a well laid pathway to walk on which goes all the way to the end of the property. The place happens to house the office of department of fisheries. Hence an appropriate use of space- serving both the bureaucracy and the common people.
As you walk through the park you’ll be educated by the various exhibits promoting pisciculture- ranging from huge aquariums to fish breeding tanks, which are open to public viewing. The breeding tanks are rather amusing as you get to see a number of species of fishes squabbling about.
Walk a little ahead and one will come across a flock of exotic birds in a beautifully crafted cage which looks like a chinese monastery. Also a low lying marshy ponds is cornered off for a fleet of ducks and swans.
The other side of the walkway is surrounded by the ‘jheel'(small lake) and there are benches interspersed for the ones wanting to sit and seek calm from the quiet sounds of the water body. Also there are pier-led gazebos made right on the jheel if one wants to get any closer to the water.
There are two designated spots for having picnics which can be booked for a day at the cost of ₹5000.
Aquatic Hub is one of those few places which is fire-walled from the immediate cacophony of busy roads- one gets a vantage point to observe the loud and fast city life.
The place will amuse both elders and children alike. Either for the beauty and calmness amidst the incessantly polluted city or for the plethora of species it is home to, not to forget the awareness of pisciculture.
For more info on other such pristine bheris near you, check out our new story on 3 hidden bheris here