Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) has always neglected the needs of Maharajbagh Zoo. But things are changing as the PDKV has released funds of Rs 50 lakh for the zoo's development.
Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has already issued an ultimatum and has asked the zoo to comply with its conditions before December 31, 2017, when its recognition ends.
Associate Dean of College of Agriculture & zoo controller ND Parlawar confirmed the news and said,
"We will try to comply with as many conditions as possible to improve things as suggested by the CZA," Parlawar said.
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Parlawar said among the works to be undertaken are the erection of appropriate entrance gate and cafeteria, procurement of dustbins, upgradations of benches, installation of signages, upgradations of visitor amenities, renovation, and painting of enclosures etc. Parlawar informed a committee of PDKV engineers that will implement the works. It will also have an architect with experience of zoo related works.
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Earlier, only 60% of the funds received as gate money was spent on the animals, mostly on their feed. Remaining funds were used on college programs.
Despite repeated warnings from CZA, the PDKV failed to make the desired changes. In September, CZA monitoring & evaluation officer BK Gupta had specifically warned PDKV that if conditions were not complied with, animals would be shifted to Gorewada rescue centre and other zoos.
Zoo in charge Dr SS Bawaskar said the funds would help to make a good start.
"Most major works will be undertaken once the zoo master plan is approved. It is in the final stage of approval," said Dr. Bawaskar.
Information source: timesofindia
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