YEAR : 2014- 2015
Inauguration Of Aquarium On August 21, 2014
The Odisha State Maritime Museum developed by INTACH was inaugartaed on August 21, 2014. The aqua section was envisioned by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik Odisha is home to over 650+ species of aquatic animals from 8-10 unique biotopes. The Odiya biotopes exhibited in the aquarium has been studied in detail and reproduced so that the aquatic species can exhibit its natural behavior as you can see in its original home.
The aquarium showcases biotope’s of 4 major bio diversity hotspots of odisha i.e. Chilika, Baitrani, Bhittarkanika and Mahanadi. The aquarium also serves as an education tool to the visitors of all age groups & also emphasizes the need to conserve nature for future generations.
The Nature Aquarium exhibit depicting “The Submerged Temple” is a picture of global warming and its impact on the ever raising water levels. There are over 800 tiny fishes and live plants in this system which is supplied with Co2 gas to enable plants to grow.This project, commissioned by The Water Resources Department, Govt. of Odisha has 11 exhibits on display with each having a story to tell for people of all ages. The total project was completed in 18 months.
Renovation of Art and Craft Gallery of Odisha State Museum
ICI Odisha has been assigned to renovate the art and craft gallery of Odisha State Museum under which the gallery has to be redesigned with proper exhibit show cases, illumination and display of the conserved collection.