The city zoo, which has been receiving flak since the death of a five-year-old hippopotamus in April, is all set to adorn a new look by the year 2012.
After recieving green signal from the Mumbai Heritage Committee for the Rs 433 crore modernisation plan last week, Byculla Zoo Authorities, is now awaiting approval from the Standing Committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
"The work will be carried out in four phases and it would kickstart after clearance from the Standing Committee. While tenders for Phase I has been recieved, tenders will be invited for other three phases soon," Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Gardens) Vikram Pawar said.
The proposal is likely to come up for approval before the Standing Committee next week.
Thailand-based HKS Designer and Consultancy had prepared the Rs 433 crore master plan for the 53 acre Veermata Jijabai Bhosale zoo at Byculla in central Mumbai.
In its Phase I, a civic administration building will be constructed, an interpretation centre, a zoo hospital, a quarantine area, parameter wall, fencing and a service road will be taken up soon and would cost nearly Rs 34 crore.
"While all this work is been carried out the zoo will not be closed down completely but it will be shut in phases," Pawar said.