More than one year after it was re-constituted, an advisory panel that suggests improvements at the National Zoological Park or Delhi Zoo has not met even once.
Members of the Zoo Advisory Committee comprise officials from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and experts with a wildlife-related background.
Member Himanshu Malhotra, a wildlife filmmaker, said, "It helps with certain issues we put forward, which the MoEF officials may or may not agree."
For instance, some years ago, Malhotra said he suggested and got a clearance for a dedicated junior engineer working under the zoo director, rather than calling one from the CPWD and cause delay in repair work.
Zoo director Amitabh Agnihotri said they were busy with problems such as water logging, electricity and dug-up roads. "Since the last meeting, we had nothing to discuss and showcase for the members. We have now achieved certain things vis-à-vis master plan implementation," he said.
"They (the zoo administration) should meet frequently," said BS Bonal, who heads the Central Zoo Authority.
The committee chairperson is the additional director general (ADG) from the MoEF, who is also in charge of the zoo. Since the last incumbent retired, there has been no new posting. Agnihotri assured: "As soon as the new ADG takes charge, we will hold the meeting."
The zoo's master plan will be released by Minister for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan on its 54th foundation day on Thursday.