Thursday, March 29, 2018

Byculla zoo set for ₹60-cr. revamp

  Hepzi Anthony Mumbai, March 13, 2018 00:49 IST

New animals to be brought in, enclosures to be built

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be spending ₹60 crore as part of the second phase of redevelopment of the Veermata Jeejabai Bhonsale Udyan in Byculla.
The second phase involves construction of new animal enclosures and induction of new animals such as Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, jackal, wolf. Skyway Infraprojects Pvt Ltd was shortlisted and awarded the ₹60.19-crore project, which is expected to be completed in six months.
Sanjaykumar Tripathi, zoo director, said, “Once new enclosures are built in the second phase, new animals like lion, tiger, leopard, swamp deer will be brought in using Central government funds or through inter-zoo transfers.”
First set up as the Western India Horticulture Society in 1862, the landscaped garden was developed as a zoo in 1890. The park is spread over 21,0437 square metres and animal enclosures have been built across 37,900 square metres. The zoo at present is home to 350 animals, including seven Humboldt penguins which were brought from South Korea as part of first phase of the redevelopment.
New enclosures will be made as part of the second phase to house lions, tigers, sambar, four-horned deer, nilgai, barking deer and birds. The new enclosures will include animal-holding areas, animal exercise areas, viewing areas, water bodies, artistic acrylic works on glass, which will serve as barriers to keep visitors away from animals.
The authorities also intend to upgrade the landscaped garden, improve quality of water in enclosures housing aquatic animals, build a separate room for security officials and a drinking water facility.

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