Dolphin observatory coming up in Bihar
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Bihar Set To Have India's First Dolphin Observatory

India's first dolphin observatory will be established at the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary (VGDS) in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.

The construction of the dolphin observatory at VGDS is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2021.

The construction of the dolphin observatory was announced by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar four years ago, however, the construction got delayed for some reasons.

According to Sunil Choudhary, the Director of Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education Centre of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, the structural design of the observatory will help in promoting eco-tourism.

He said that the observatory will attract tourists in large numbers and it will help them see the dolphins in the sanctuary and that too without disturbing them.

Choudhary further said that the dolphin observatory in no way is going to have an adverse impact on the river ecology.

"The observatory is being constructed o a bridge over the river Ganga and because of this the river ecology will not be affected," Down To Earth reported quoting Choudhary.

The construction of the dolphin observatory is going on in full swing on the Sultanganj-Aguwani Ghat Bridge over river Ganga.

Reportedly, the observatory has been constructed in the middle of the river and at this point, the bridge’s width is nearly 100 feet.

So far, the construction of the four special pillars for the structure has been completed in the river.

The observatory will be 40 feet high and it will have four-storeys, with the bridge passing through its middle.

The building of the observatory will be transparent and it will be covered with glasses on the sides, which will give the visitors an opportunity to have a glimpse of the gigantic mammals.

The observatory complex will also have a  cafeteria and there will also be a provision for parking 75 vehicles at a time.

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