Entry fee to Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park likely to increase

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to double the entry fee of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. The administration has tabled a proposal in the Standing Committee to increase the ticket charge from Rs 25 to Rs 50. They have cited development of the zoo as the reason for the increase.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to double the entry fee of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. The administration has tabled a proposal in the Standing Committee to increase the ticket charge from Rs 25 to Rs 50. They have cited development of the zoo as the reason for the increase.

The administration of Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park wants to increase ticket of the battery operated vehicle and entry fee. The administration had mentioned in the proposal that from 2015, the ticket charges were not increased. 

“Based on services provided to the visitors, we have to increase the ticket charges. We are spending on employees, security, animal food and medicines. Besides that, we are making trenches for animal and we need money,’’ an official said. 

Right now, the administration is charging Rs 25 as entry fee for adult and Rs 40 for the battery operated vehicle. The administration wants to increase only these two charges and other charges will remain the same.

The zoo is run by the PMC. The zoo is spread over 130 acres and is divided into 3 parts: an animal orphanage, a snake park, a zoo, apart from overlooking a 420-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 tigers, monkeys, sambar, bears and other animals. The white tiger, leopard, an assortment of wild cats, sloth bear, barking deer, black bucks, crocodiles and the Indian tortoise are among them. 

At least 2,500 to 3,000 people visit the zoo daily. This number goes up to 10,000-15,000 on weekends and holidays.

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