PMC to give zoo’s land for flyover

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 8 March 2019

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to give two acres of land, part of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to construct a flyover to solve decongestion of traffic in Katraj Chowk.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to give two acres of land, part of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to construct a flyover to solve decongestion of traffic in Katraj Chowk.
 
The PMC General Body meeting approved the proposal on Thursday. Officials of the zoological park said it will not affect the park at all.
 
NHAI wrote a letter to PMC’s Land Acquisition Department to provide two acres of land to construct a four-lane road from Naval College, Katraj Chowk to Theur Phata. The City Improvement Committee (CIC) approved the proposal and sent it to the General Body meeting for final approval. 

Rajiv Gandhi zoo is managed by the PMC, which has now decided to make changes in the master plan of the zoo. The PMC will have to take the revised master plan of the zoo for approval of the Central Zoo Authority. 

According to Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park officials, the flyover will not affect the zoo. Only the retaining wall will be hampered due to the flyover, so we have demanded reconstruction of a new retaining wall of the zoo and place a sound barrier on the flyover to avoid noise pollution to animals.
 
The zoo is spread over 130-acres and is divided into 3 parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park and a zoo overlooking a 42-acre lake. It gets financial aid from the Central Zoo Authority. The planning mainly aims at giving the 16 types of animals a natural habitat in an enclosed area. Indigenous natural enclosures have been created for animals like the white tiger, leopard, an assortment of wild cats, sloth bear, sambhars, barking deer, black bucks, crocodiles and the Indian tortoise. 
  
The zoo is a member of International Species Information System (ISIS). It is a non-profit organisation which gives standard zoological data collection and shares software to more than 800 member zoos, aquariums and related organisations in almost 80 countries.

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