Hope for a bright and sunny New Year morning to enjoy the beauty of nature at the Patna zoo.
The zoo authorities are keeping their fingers crossed and expecting a much bigger turnout than the one last year, provided, that the weather does not come in the way of Patnaites’ revelry.
“Well, we expect anything between 36,000 to 40,000 visitors on January 1. In fact, it could be even higher, if the weather supports.
Accordingly, we are making all arrangements to ensure full enjoyment. The gardens inside the zoo are also full of blooming flowers this season to welcome the guests,” said a senior zoo official.
Last year, overcast conditions coupled with a drizzle had turned the day calamitous, thus keeping many a people off the grounds. Yet, the number of visitors reached around 11,000 - much less than the 2011 figure. “Last year, it was around 36,000 and we expect more this time. But weather holds the key and we are keeping our fingers crossed,” he added.
At the zoo, there are some new things for the visitors. And it is not just about the animal world. A chimpanzee from Kolkata is the latest addition to the zoo family and the zoo also has a new airconditioned vegetarian restaurant ready for inauguration before the New Year.
“Hopefully, it will be inaugurated on December 25 by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi. The canteen has also been divided into five sections to cater to different tastes. There is one section exclusively for south Indian food, while another is for north Indian food,” said the official.
Besides, there will be other sections for snacks, ice creams and other specialities. A couple of food courts have also been planned for the convenience of the visitors.
The zoo authorities have already written to the district administration for security arrangements for the New Year. There will be additional police force and magistrates deputed to ensure hassle-free enjoyment. But for votaries of Lord Bachchus, the zoo is not the place to visit.
“Liquor is not allowed and neither is loud music. What is important is not to disturb the animals. People can carry food from home and enjoy it there,” he said, adding, keeping in view the rush, there will be no boating and train facility on the New Years day.