Inflation has just hit the cheapest entertainment option for your children. Starting April 1, you will need to pay double the existing fee for entry to the National Zoological Park, popular as Delhi Zoo.
The rates have been revised to R40 for adults and R20 for children. In a separate category that has been newly introduced, senior citizens would be charged R20.
The ticket price at a humble R20 for adults and R10 for children -- less than the cost of McAloo Tikki Burger which costs R 25 -- was till now a huge draw for a large number of families. The average daily footfall at the lush green sprawling park is about 5,000 visitors. The number goes up to 10,000-12,000 on Sundays and public holidays.
“We need to improve services and facilities at the zoo. It needs lot of money,” Amitabh Agnihotri, zoo’s director, reasoned.
“But look at the positive side. We are encouraging children to bring along their grandparents and vice versa,” he said.
The zoo also charges a separate fee for foreign nationals, which too has been changed. The last time the zoo administration had hiked the entry fee was October 2010. Then too, it was doubled from the then existing fee.
The zoo administration has started implementing the master plan after the Central Zoo Authority, the zoo regulator body, had approved the ‘master lay out’ plan a few months ago. The visitor entry area is being re-worked along with addition of facilities such as water points and toilets.
Earlier in January 2013, the ministry of forests and environment had slashed roughly 10 % budget - of the Rs 10 crore under the non-plan head - from the Rs 11 crore of the zoo’s annual budget. However, the ministry later restored the cut.