The PMC is scouting for a consultant to redesign the enclosures for animals in the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo at Katraj as per the norms of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
The civic body had developed Peshawe park as a zoo in 1953 on seven acres where animals were housed in small cages with iron bars. However, in 1999 it was shifted to Katraj on 130 acres and a lake in 29 acres and renamed as Rajiv Gandhi zoological park and wild life research centre.
The zoo houses 400 animals of various species of mammals, birds and reptiles. It was being developed as per an old master plan prepared in 1996-97 but a new master-plan to accommodate the requirements for a period of 20 years has been prepared as per the norms of CZA and it includes upgrade of facilities, improving infrastructure and construction of new animal enclosures.
“The appointment of a consultant for Rajiv Gandhi zoological park and wild life research centre is to get the redesigning and construction of enclosures for animals as per CZA norms. The idea is to develop the zoo as a model zoo,” said a civic official.
The consultant has to prepare and submit the design of animal enclosures such as display area and barriers. The enclosure designs of endangered species will be sent to CZA by PMC for approval and if corrections and modifications are asked by CZA, the corrected design would have to be submitted by the consultant.
The supervision and monitoring of the construction work as per the design would also be done by the consultant.
As per the norms, the PMC is planning a enclosure covering 4,950 sq metres for lions at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore while the aquatic aviary covering 9,317 sq metres would be constructed at a cost of Rs 5 crore. The enclosure for barking deer is estimated to cost at Rs 50 lakh, mouse deer and squirrel at Rs 40 lakh while enclosure for jungle cat, leopard cat and rusty spotted cat will cost Rs 30 lakh respectively.
The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Wildlife Research Centre recently became a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) which would enable it to communicate and socialise through the elite group annual conferences that would be platform to the zoo to build up close relations, exchange ideas and collaborate with the global family of zoos and aquariums.