Chandigarh: Wildlife lovers will soon find updated facilities and new entrants in the list of birds and animals at four state run zoological parks in Punjab. For this, the Punjab Forest and Wildlife Department has prepared a roadmap, which is expected to be executed by next year.
The officers said that action plan has been prepared to revamp Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, popularly known as Chattbir Zoo, Patiala’s Bir Motibagh Zoo, Ludhiana and Bir Talab Zoos in Bathinda. Sources said that the work was about to start this year in a phased manner but the budgetary complications had caused a delay.
The state Wildlife Department is in process to explore the possibilities to set up a new pheasantry- a place dedicated for Pheasants at Chattbir Zoo, ‘walk in aviary- a place where people can walk in between bird’s enclosures. Also, the department has planned to increase the area of the lion and deer safaris at Chattbir.
In case of Ludhiana Zoo, the construction of the boundary wall is almost complete after the concerns were raised by wildlife lovers on the security threats to zoo animals. Considering the smooth walk during high footfall, pavements have been constructed to facilitate visitors.
The department is also in process to introduce new pheasants in the zoo while adding other firsts in its kitty there. As of now, the visitors do not have an opportunity to take a look of endangered birds like kKhaleej Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Mongolian Ring Necked Pheasant, Amherst Pheasant, and Red Jungle Fowl under the animal and bird exchange programme.
Similarly, in Patiala, a special ‘bird aviary’ has been planned to be introduced. Another plan is to build a leopard enclosure to make the Patiala zoological park a favourite destination among wildlife lovers.
Likewise, the roadmap has also been planned for Bir Talab Zoo in Bathinda as the Central Zoo Authority has already approved the setting up of a tiger safari last year. Officials said that the wildlife officials are extensively working on the proposal’s execution. They further added that the work for the Bir Talab Zoo’s Tiger safari, a budget of nearly Rs 13 crore would be required.
The total area of the zoo is 161 acre, of which 50 acre will be used to set up the safari. Enclosures for tigers needs to be set up and internal roads will be made to link it. “Due to the budgetary problems work has not been up to the mark. We are in process to make the plans towards execution on a speedy manner,” said an official.
Dhirendra Singh, Chief Wildlife Warden of Punjab, said that the entire action plan has been made and the execution will be done in a phased manner. “Some of the works will be done in this financial year while the left-overs will be executed in next financial years with the planned budget. We are in process to keep update state’s flora and fauna so that wildlife lovers fcan go back with an enriching experience. As and when we will get the budgets, the execution process will start automatically,” he said.
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