Address: Captain Bherry Eco and Aquatic Hub
Tapuriaghata, EM Byepass,
P.S: Pragati Maidan
It is a treat in the transition daytime while I visited Captain Bherry Eco and Aquatic Hub on 13th Spetember this year. It is just near my residential address, EM Byepass, dissecting Topsia Road and down at Captain Bherry stoppage. All the buses can avail from any parts of Kolkata to have a great time in Eco and Aquatic Park.
Kolkata’s eastern circle has many wetlands. Wetlands are the hub of fishing, but the real estate boom turned the wetlands into sky scrapers. Now the Government and the city developers are finding a new way to get oxygen. And there lies the result- New Town Eco Park, Nalban, and Aquatic Park.
Sunday lazy evenings can easily be spiced up if you visit this place and enjoy the pastime by having fresh fish snacks like fish fry, cutlets and Afgani with a cup of coffee or tea in the midst of clear dusk especially enjoyable in winters and early autumns. A bistro is here maintained by Nalban Fisheries.
Roaming along with the small lanes, visit to the fish museum that are found in the sweet and saline waters of West Bengal, school where to learn the pisiculture and the colourful aquarium fishes in the large fishing vessels and the exploration of small homes for the ardent lovers- all are in Eco and Aquatic Park. The reflection of display advertisement luminaries on the waters of Captain Bherry enhances the beauty of Captain Bherry Eco and Aquatic Hub.
Captain Bherry Eco and Aquatic Hub is located on the roadway to EM Byepass, heading towards Chingrighata and Saltlake. The buses which are heading to Saltlake reach Eco and Aquatic Hub. Captain Bherry is now decorated with lights, duck ponds, birds and the innumerable fishes and frogs.
Captain Bheri is spread over 30 acres of wetlands and comprises both water and land. Eco and Aquatic Park falls under the East Calcutta Wetlands that has been designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention of 2002.
After the successful launching of New Town Eco Park by the State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) and Kolkata Development Authority, Eco and Aquatic Park, Captain Bherry is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who spotted the bheri to make it a wetland eco tourism tourist destination, where joggers, morning walkers, couples and the tourist can rejoice.
Captain Bheri has the welfare society which is the oldest fishermen’s co-operative society of West Bengal. It was registered in 1927 and the 40 fishermen families associated with it today are engaged in pisciculture. They fish in the bheri and sell the produce, which averages 6.5 tonnes per hectare. Eco and Aquatic Hub has a room with a huge aquarium fitted into a wall and inside it there are various kinds of fish and multi-coloured molluscs, which are often seen in the sub merged areas of Mandarmani, Tajpur and Bakkhali.
There is a parking zone that accommodates fifty small vehicles and ten vehicles like buses and mini bus.