Clifton Fish Aquarium

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Clifton Fish Aquarium
Date opened 1965[1]
Date closed 1998[1]
Location Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
Coordinates 24°48′44″N 67°01′38″E / 24.812164°N 67.027172°E / 24.812164; 67.027172Coordinates: 24°48′44″N 67°01′38″E / 24.812164°N 67.027172°E / 24.812164; 67.027172
Annual visitors 1 million

The Clifton Fish Aquarium, was an aquarium located at the Address,Shahrah-e-Firdausi, Block 3, Clifton, Karachi Clifton near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine in Karachi, Pakistan between 1965 and 1998. Several attempts were made to reopen the aquarium after the initial closing, but it remains closed.

In 2012, there were plans to reopen it. It is Karachi's largest public aquarium.[2]

History[edit]

The now defunct Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) built the aquarium in Clifton in 1965 in collaboration with Japanese experts. The aquarium had 33 seawater exhibition tanks where sea-based fish were kept, and 14 fresh water tanks exhibiting fish species that live in fresh water. It was the only fish aquarium in the city, drew up to one million visitors per year, and was one of the largest revenue generators for the KMC.[1]

The Clifton Fish Aquarium was closed in 1998 because of its "dilapidated" condition.[1] Re-opening was announced for March[3] and then October 2005,[4] additional funds were allocated by the city in the 2007-2008 budget,[1] the 2008-2009 budget,[5] and again in the 2009-2010 budget,[6] but the aquarium remains closed.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Shortage of funds keeps aquarium closed". dawn.com. Daily Dawn. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Karachi’s largest public aquarium about to get a Rs100 million facelift". Express Tribune. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Clifton aquarium to be revived next year". dawn.com. Daily Dawn. 6 November 2004. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Clifton aquarium to be reopened by October". accessmylibrary.com. Pakistan Press International. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sitting on 2nd February 2010". pas.gov.pk. Provincial Assembly of Sindh. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "CDGK unveils Rs52bn Karachi budget for FY 2009-10". onepakistan.com. OnePakistan. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2011.