Deer Park, a popular destination for several south Delhi residents since the 1960s, may lose its deer if the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) does not take timely action.
The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in mid-February had issued a notice to the DDA, pointing out the number of deer in an enclosure that was far too small for their growing number. It had given the DDA six months to take remedial measures and also work out a way to control the deer population.
At the park located near Hauz Khas Village, about 200 deer are enclosed in a 17 acres area (out of the 60-acre park). This is against the ideal 50-60 deer for that space.
This, added to the absence of any breeding control, raises questions about the condition in which the deer are living.
“In the urban humdrum, Deer Park is a landmark that takes us close to the nature. The DDA should do whatever it can to keep it intact,” said Pankaj Aggarwal, a regular morning walker at the park.
DDA spokesperson, Neemo Dhar, said that the possibility of more land being attached to the existing enclosure was being explored.
“(In the meantime), we have asked the CZA to help us with measures to contain the deer population,” Dhar said.
BS Bonal, CZA member secretary, said, “If the situation remains the same, we can think of de-recognition (of the facility). In that case, the deer will be sent into the wild.”