Monday, January 20, 2014

Zoo decks up to welcome CM.

TNN Jan 15, 2014, 04.29AM IST
KANPUR: The Allen Forest Kanpur has undergone a major facelift to welcome chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday. He is expected to lay the foundation stone of the toy train project. The pair of Asiatic lions in the zoo had attracted Yadav's attention. Soon the lion pair would be shifted to the Lion Safari in Etawah.
The Kanpur zoo, which had always looked at the state government for funds, has now been given a fresh look. The building structures, including the boundary wall, administrative building and animal enclosures have been painted. The enclosure of lions, tiger, rhino, chimpanzee, orangutan and swamp deer to name a few have been painted in white.
The garden opposite the administrative building has been maintained and the tree trunks painted in red and white. The grass has been neatly cut and flower pots have been placed in the administrative building. The lake view building has been made ready. Windows and doors were polished and given a fresh look. The zoo is now looking clean.
Four years back, the budget of zoo was just Rs 35 lakhs. This amount was too less to manage the zoo. The amount had now been doubled to Rs 70 lakhs. But after the formation of zoo society in 2012, the Kanpur zoo could manage to stand on its feet. The money collected from the tickets sold and the parking was saved in the zoo society. This fund collection strengthened the hands of the zoo administration who could manage the zoo in a better way. Realising the problems faced by the Kanpur zoo administration in managing the zoo and to provide it a facelift, the state government took certain decisions, including the sanctioning Rs 30.95 crores for carrying out various developmental works. This is the first time that a CM is visiting the zoo and taking interest in its affairs.

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