Chief Minister Raghubar Das has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to protect environment, saying that its conservation remained the topmost priority in the State.

Inaugurating the country's largest fresh water aquarium in Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park premises and laying the foundation stone for the upcoming Eco Park at Ormanjhi in Ranchi on Wednesday, Das said that development must be relative to the environment and there must be inter-relationship between people and environment.

"Environment conservation is the topmost priority of the Government. Jharkhand has added new chapter in its history of tourism today. People of Jharkhand have been in love with nature since long time. They have occupied special place in Indian culture, too. India has also remained a torch-bearer for rest of the world as far as environment conservation is concerned. Now, Jharkhand will also be known for largest fresh water aquarium in India," said Das.

Developed at a cost of Rs 5.67 crores and named as Ranchi Machhli Ghar, country's largest fresh water aquarium in premises of Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park is spread in 36,000 square feet, housing over 1,500 fishes from 120 fish species displayed in 58 fish tanks. Other than domestic species, the fishes kept in Ranchi Machhli Ghar come from different food habits and have also been imported from Bangkok, Singapore and other coastal regions.

"The government has been doing whole lot of works to develop tourism in the State. However, this aquarium will also serve the purpose of extinguishing kids' desire of knowledge about fishes, which has remained restricted so far in absence of such aquariums around them. Moreover, families will have another great destination of leisure here," added Das.

The CM also said that forests played a pivotal role in minimizing global worries of climate change. "The Eco Park which will resemble the government's commitment of encouraging wild-life will also become one of the finest balances of eco-system balance," added Das.

Principal Secretary, Forest, Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi said, on the occasion, that the government will also get one Eco Park constructed soon, which will be spread in 4.99 Acres of land. "The Eco Park will house Rose Garden with various species of rose, dedicated Children Zone, maize, springs and fountains. However, a separate Butterfly Park will be the speciality of the premise which will have butterflies of dozens of species," said Chaturvedi.

Source: 29 June 2017, The Pioneer