After trial and error on the proposed makeover for the zoo, the authorities claim they have finalised the latest proposal and will begin work within a month.
Over the years, the proposal to give the zoo a complete makeover has been a pipe-dream, with authorities struggling to get permissions and introducing intermittent changes. But now, according to sources, the civic body is in the final stages of finalising the designs for renovating the zoo.
The zoo authorities said there are a number of designs proposed for each enclosure and that they are considering, the Central Zoo Authority’s (CZA) views, too. “We will present the proposed designs which will then be then be scrutinised. Once these are approved, we will begin the work. All this is expected to happen over the next month,” said Anil Anjarkar, Director, Byculla Zoo.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will begin the tender process once they finalise designs for this Rs 150 crore project that is expected to complete by August 2014. The civic body has already spent over Rs 7 crore on preparing designs over many years. The project was given to a private consultancy firm, but they have not received approvals from the CZA.
After doing away with several expensive plans from the proposed development plan, the BMC claims to have begun work on constructing an auditorium. It will seat around 250 people, and the auditorium will screen short films on wildlife. The zoo will house an Otter bird, a snake house, a jaguar, a hyena, a jackal, wildcats, a hippopotamus, a crocodile, a gharial, Madras pond turtles, a wolf, a sloth bear, a tiger, a sambar, a barking deer, a nilgai, a antelope and a gaur.