September 2nd, 2011
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Keralas first Oceanarium

oceanatoriumKochi: The state Fisheries Resource Management Society (FIRMA) is to launch a first of its kind Oceanarium project in India at nearby Puthuvypeen. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 350 crore.  The project is being launched as Public Private Partnership (PPP).

It is proposed to be rolled out under Design, Built, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis through a competitive bidding process. It would be set up in 40 acres of government land at nearby Puthuvypeen. The government has engaged Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC) as bid manager for this prestigious and innovative project, a release here said.

The project envisages setting up of state-of-the art fourth generation Oceanarium and aims at propagating awareness about marine environment and bio-diversity. The Oceanarium would offer unique underwater experience by showcasing aquarium alley, deep sea tunnel, polar pavilion, shark tank, touch tank and other entertainment facilities.

A consortium of Mahindra Consulting Engineers Ltd and Jacques Rougerie Architecte France has completed the Detailed Feasibility Report and has also undertaken conceptual design of the project. The first stage of selection process involves qualification of bidders as per provisions of Request for Qualification (RFQ). KSIDC will soon release the RFQ to shortlist applicants for awarding the project through competitive bidding process.

One Response to “ Keralas first Oceanarium ”

  1. Piotrek

    Two quick things I can’t bleieve I am writing this at 5:30 am NY time:1. In her essay Compulsory Heterosexuality which I have not read in a long time and my copy of which is currently in storage Adrienne Rich mentions the penis with a life/mind [don’t remember which] of its own as part of patriarchal ideology, along the lines of what Diana has talked about in her comments. It seems to me that this is something men live in relation to, whether we internalize it as part of how we think of our genitals or not as Jake has stated rather absolutely that he has not. This is not the same thing as the metaphorical thinking about our bodies that Magniloquence is talking about, which goes on all the time and which, as Michael points out, we extend to many parts of our bodies other than our genitals. When I suggested it would be interesting for men to talk about the penis-with-a-life/mind-of-its-own (PWALOIO) metaphor, I was thinking of both these things. Jake, for example, has written:Well, there have certainly been times when I wasn’t in control of whether or not I had an erection. But I don’t see that as significantly different than the times I haven’t been able to get my hair to lie right. For me, there is a significant difference between not being in control of part of my body and feeling that the body part has a life of its own.While there is a way in which I, for one, would agree with him now though I still think things are more complicated than that it certainly did not feel when I was younger that having an erection was in the same category as having unruly hair. In other words, the stance towards the body that he talks about is one that I arrived at; it was not the one most easily available to me, and while I don’t have time right now to work through how I arrived at this position, what I was suggesting was that it would be interesting for men to talk about how we arrived at the positions we currently hold. Robert’s distinction between not being in control of our desire and being in control of our behavior, for example, is another position it would be worth hearing about how it was arrived at. (Why? Well, for example, it is not clear to me that having an erection is always an expression/manifestation of desire; sometimes, in my experience, desire has come after I already have an erection.)2. Jake asked what I meant by the PWALOIO metaphor “both emerg[ing] from and shap[ing]–or shap[ing], and so emerg[ing] from–the experience of the male body.” I guess what I was thinking about was, in the first case, how one might come to that metaphor through experiencing unwanted erections and/or the inability to have an erection when one wants one and, in the second, how the imposition of that metaphor as an ideology shapes the way men think about our bodies.


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