PUNE: The management at Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Katraj, has failed to maintain eco-friendly measures at the park.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Corporator Vasant More had handed over 11 bicycles to the employees in 2017 to travel around inside the park. However, citing a reason that the park is spread over 130 acres of land, the park authorities continue to use motorbikes.
Recently, the zoo also started a service for visitors to rent an e-bike to travel in the extensive area.
More said, “Inspired by the Mysore model, I had provided bicycles to the park employees which were donated by people. But it seems the zoo authority does not have any plan to reduce the carbon footprint.”
All the employees use two-wheelers inside the park for patrolling and to reach the cages. The vehicles create air and noise pollution in the sensitive zone.
“Though I approached the zoo authority and employees for the use of bicycles, it was of no use. The director should start using a bicycle.”
Director of the park, Rajkumar Jadhav, said, “The zoo is spread across 130 acres of land and several cages are around three to four km from the main office. To cover that distance our employees use two-wheelers inside the park but do not honk at all. To reach such far locations, apart from using a two-wheeler, we do not have any option.”
Jadhav said that going on a bicycle takes twice the amount of time and it becomes difficult to reach a place during an emergency.
Head of Department of Biodiversity at Abasaheb Garware College Ankur Patwardhan said, “Animals inside the zoological park have adaptability with the human interface through the use of vehicles. But the fumes emitted from the bike can prove to be harmful. If the zoo authorities want to bring a change, they should begin with themselves.”