Mumbai: Byculla Zoo ups entry fee by 900%

Updated: Jul 30, 2017, 11:32 IST | A Correspondent

Starting Tuesday, visiting Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, also known as Byculla Zoo, is going to burn holes in your pocke

Over 10,000 visitors throng the zoo to see the penguins during the weekends. FILE PIC
Over 10,000 visitors throng the zoo to see the penguins during the weekends. FILE PIC

Starting Tuesday, visiting Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, also known as Byculla Zoo, is going to burn holes in your pocket. After the Humboldt penguins were thrown open for public viewing in March, zoo authorities had been considering a hike in entry fees.

The authorities have now upped the fees by 900 per cent. From the previous R5 per individual, one would now have to shell out Rs 50. However, a family of four – two adults and two children – will have to pay only Rs 100.

The proposal for the fee hike had been pending for over two decades and was pushed forward by the administration to curtail the crowd that was coming in, sources said. "We see at least 10,000 visitors during the weekend," an official said.

According to the authorities, the money collected will be spent on maintenance of the zoo and not for filling the coffers of the civic body.

Sanjay Tripathi, director of the zoo, confirmed the development.

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