Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park at Ormanjhi, 20km from the state capital, is all set to hook bidders for setting up a much-awaited aquarium.
The zoo authorities re-floated a tender on January 10 after their initial efforts to invite bids on December 16 last year came a cropper.
Construction of the 10,000sqft aquarium is already underway in the botanical section of the zoo. Now, the authorities are looking for an agency that will take care of the technical aspects, including completion of tanks, construction of iron stands to hold several smaller aquariums and quarantines, aquascaping and electrical works.
The chosen firm will be also responsible for maintaining the facility for a year.
Once the bid is finalised, the new facility will woo visitors with ornamental fish and will also be one of the largest aquariums in Eastern India.
“This time we hope to receive the maximum number of bidders, as four firms have already shown interest. More are expected, as bidders will now get ample time to prepare and offer their PowerPoint presentation on January 24,” said zoo director A.K. Patra.
“As far as the process of finalising the bidder is concerned, our seven-member tender committee will recommend the best one after evaluating their presentations to a five-member executive committee of Jharkhand Zoo Authority,” the zoo director said.
The selected firm has to give an estimated cost for completion of the aquarium within 15 days. “It is likely to be thrown open to public within six months,” Patra added.