Three weeks after the country’s oldest aquarium, Taraporewala, was reopened, it has witnessed a large crowd eager to see the newly renovated place. However, most of the visitors at the aquarium say that the trip has been disappointing.

Visitors claimed that they had to wait for at least half an hour before they could go inside the aquarium, after purchasing the ticket
Visitors claimed that they had to wait for at least half an hour before they could go inside the aquarium, after purchasing the ticket

Every day the aquarium, which was opened to public on March 3, has a huge expectant crowd queuing at the ticket counter. In the mornings the place is full of school children that have been brought to the Charni Road aquarium as a part of their extra-curricular activities.

However, officials have been unable to efficiently manage the crowd, leading to chaos at the ticket counter, which opens at 10 am, and inside the aquarium. Visitors claim that they have to wait for at least half an hour before they get to go inside.

The situation inside the aquarium is no different, as the lines move slowly, despite creating paths for the crowd to move. With 16 fish tanks, visitors move at a snail’s pace, with nobody managing the crowd. The counter has to be closed a few times to first accommodate existing ticket holders.

“From the time the aquarium was reopened, the crowd has only increased every day. The situation is even worse on weekends,” said a watchman of the aquarium. However, this is not the only disappointment that the public is facing.

The excitement about the aquarium tunnel, which was a prominent feature drawing visitors, seems to have been misunderstood by many. People say that they had assumed the entire area was converted to the aquarium tunnel, whereas it is only at the entrance.

Visitors also complained that at the moment, the aquarium has really small species of fishes and reptiles, which does not justify the entry rates charged for the visit. The aquarium is expected to witness a larger crowd during the summer vacation months of April and May.

Official speak
Rajendra Jadhav, Joint Commissioner of Fisheries, said, “The aquarium has the capacity to accommodate 250 visitors at a time. However, the crowd has only been increasing from the time the aquarium was reopened. In the mornings, school children flock in huge numbers. At the moment we are trying to keep the fish in the best condition possible.”