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Another makeover begins: This time, it’s the zoo

The city is working to get another tourist attraction ready. By 2012, you could take your children to see kangaroos, African elephants and other exotic animals from other parts of the world in the revamped Byculla zoo.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2009 00:17 IST
Amrita U. Kadam

The city is working to get another tourist attraction ready.

By 2012, you could take your children to see kangaroos, African elephants and other exotic animals from other parts of the world in the revamped Byculla zoo.

On Wednesday, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray and Bharatiya Janata Party National General Secretary Gopinath Munde laid the foundation stone for the revamp of the Veermata Jijabai Prani Sangrahalaya, popularly known as Byculla zoo.

The zoo, which will be based on the theme of Dynamic Earth, will house over 90 species of animals from Australia, Africa and Asia that would enjoy environments close to the ones they are used to in their home continents.

The Rs 341-crore revamp plan was earlier opposed by PETA and the Save Rani Bagh Botanical Garden Committee for various environmental issues. But after the changes were made, the project got a nod from the Central Zoo Authority.

The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee has issued guidelines for conserving natural surroundings and green zones.

Work at the zoo will be carried out in four phases and the civic standing committee has recently okayed Phase I, which includes building a compound wall, administrative building, service roads, separate areas for animals and a veterinary hospital.

In Phase II, the heritage structures will be shifted and restoration works will begin. A plaza with a parking lot will also be built.

Phase III and IV will concentrate on providing a natural habitat to the animals and getting more species from abroad.

“Work at the zoo will soon begin,” said Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak.

The revamped zoo will house 196 mammals of 19 species, 436 birds of 39 species and 46 reptiles of nine species.