Are the animals and birds in Delhi Zoological Park in peril owing to the noise and pollution in the area around it? Is there a need to shift it to a more open and silent area on the outskirts of the Capital?
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre, Urban Development Ministry, Zoo Authority of India and Delhi Government on a Public Interest Litigtion which raised this demand.
H S Gehlot, a lawyer said he undertook enough research on the subject and was of the view that the animals, birds and other specie in the zoo were indeed in danger.
He said the area in Sunder Nagar were the park was situated was very noisy and the air pollution too effected the animals. He said the zoo area too had become too crammed and animals were not comfortable.
He claimed large number of animals and birds had died in the last several years as their health got effected with these problems. Their mating also was adversely effected, said Gehlot.
"Animals are dying. Their numbers are depleting in the last several years. The zoo has become a virtual death trap for the animals," said the PIL.
It claimed that "authorities need to give a thought as to why the Bengal tiger, Indin and African elephants, Assam Macaque did not deliver for last two to three years," says Gehlot.
The PIL suggested the relocation of the zoo to Auchandi of Dhasa village on the Delhi-Haryana border.
Noting that the issues raised were important, the chief justice sought a response from the concerned authorities by March 4.