India to gets its first Dolphin Research Centre at Patna after the idea was mooted eight years ago. The Dolphin Research Centre to be built at a cost of Rs 19.16 crore is being set up in the Patna University premises.
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi while announcing this in the Legislative Council, said that the foundation stone for the centre would be laid in October. The World Dolphin day is observed on October 5 every year for creating awareness.
He also informed the House that 1548 Gangetic dolphins were traced in the rivers of Ganga, Kosi, Gandak and Mahananda. He further told the council that Vikramashila Gangetic Dol[phin Sanctuary was being developed on the Ganga basin in Bhagalpur district. Modi, who is also the Forest and Environment Minister, said that an observatory would be built in the sanctuary for the people to watch dolphins at close quarters. Apart from this, he also informed that a turtle rehabilitation centre would be built at Bhagalpur.