Officials claim that the shifting may take another two years even though permission to relocate animals to an upcoming facility in Kukrail has been obtained.
Officials said after the cabinet’s approval and a nod from the Central Zoo Authority, a consultancy would now be engaged to design a bigger and better animal facility in the area known for its extensive green cover.
Zoo director Aditi Sharma said the in-principle approval for a masterplan for the Kukrail facility was received a few months ago.
“We are now in the process of engaging a consultancy to make a masterplan and a detailed project report for the new zoo campus. The firm would be finalised and brought on board by next week, ” added Sharma.
“After the completion of the masterplan, which will take about a month, the construction and relocation of wildlife, thereafter, will take at least 2 to 2.5 years,” she said.
The new zoo campus will offer night safari as well, officials said.
Forest and wildlife Minister Arun Kumar Saxena had earlier said the zoo’s present campus was no longer sufficient for new enclosures. However, the zoo has seen a handful of new additions, meaning that while animals within its walls are increasing, the space was no longer large enough to comfortably accommodate them all.
The Kukrail facility is expected to come in handy as it will be spread over 265 acres, which is more than three times the area the zoo has at present. The night safari will cover an area of 465 acres, the director added.
–Ajit Weekly News
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