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Big plans for mini zoo lack execution

Even a decade of long battle proved futile in adding animals at the deer park or improving resources of the mini zoo, which continues to lack infrastructure, manpower and funds.

punjab Updated: Sep 07, 2013 18:42 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal

Even a decade of long battle proved futile in adding animals at the deer park or improving resources of the mini zoo, which continues to lack infrastructure, manpower and funds.

Sources said earlier deer parks conversion was put on hold, as according to the Zoo Authority of India norms, a deer park can be converted into a mini zoo only after the inclusion of three carnivorous animals.

At present, the park has a civet and a crocodile with the third carnivorous yet to come.

However, in 2000, foundation stone was laid to construct a cage to house a panther pair, which has not been brought so far, rather the cage has been divided between Indian peafowls and Assamese monkeys.

The forest department has been planning to upgrade the mini zoo and get more carnivorous animals to attract visitors. But the reality speaks otherwise.

A recent survey by HT revealed that the zoo has only one small motor for providing water to over 200 antlers including black bucks, spotted deer, hog beer and others.

The Butterfly Inn section has also been lying shattered. Most of the cages have huge beehives in them. The interpretation cum audio visual centre of wildlife inside the zoo has been locked over past two years after the care-taker was transferred.

The road inside the zoo campus is dilapidated and full of big pits. Most of the benches and swings are lying broken too.

Five quarters constructed for the zoo employees also have been declared unsafe.
Sources said the tourist spot had been turned into a club of drug addicts, as they enjoy no police surveillance here being in the outskirts of the city.

District forest officer, Surinder Singh, said a proposal has been sent to Central Zoo Authority for upgradation of the zoo. Under the proposal all the quarters will be demolished and wil be turned into enclosures for animals. "More cages will be set up and the existing ones will be renovated. A panther will also be added," Surinder said.

However, there has been no sign of concrete work to implement the plans.