CDA spent Rs 83m on Margzar Zoo dur­ing last three years

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA), has spent around Rs 83 mil­lions on an­i­mals of the Margazar Zoo dur­ing last three fis­cal years.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments avail­able, the civic body has spent Rs 83 mil­lion amount on feed­ing, food and medicines of an­i­mals in Is­lam­abad Zoo, it is per­ti­nent to men­tion here the var­i­ous cages of an­i­mals are empty from last six years. The de­tail of funds al­lo­cated for this pur­pose is 20132014 Rs 30 mil­lions, 2014-2015 Rs 40 mil­lions and 2015-2016 Rs 13.200 mil­lions. Marg­hazar Zoo that is con­sid­ered as an im­por­tant recre­ational spot for the vis­i­tors and chil­dren in the fed­eral cap­i­tal is loos­ing its at­trac­tion due to de­creas­ing num­ber of mam­mals and at­trac­tive species. At present, the var­i­ous cages of the an­i­mals like lions, tigers and leop­ards, brown bear, crocodile are empty. A num­ber of peo­ple across the coun­try daily visit the cap­i­tal zoo but their re­sponse re­main un­sat­is­fac­tory when empty cages there.

Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA) claim to re-vamp the zoo with the co­op­er­a­tion of World Wildlife Funds (WWF) but no ac­tion was taken in this re­gard. The vis­i­tors have urged the au­thor­i­ties to bring more and at­trac­tive species to the zoo to at­tract vis­i­tors. A vis­i­tor Alyia Khan ob­served that ad­di­tion of more an­i­mals should be given pri­or­ity as an­i­mals were the main cen­tre of at­trac­tion of the zoo.

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She said the lion had not been brought yet af­ter the long spell of tenyears adding that more an­i­mals re­port­edly had died in re­cent years.

An­i­mals in­clud­ing mon­key, bear, wolf and crocodile have died. In Oc­to­ber last year the CDA had de­cided to re­vamp the Zoo in col­lab­o­ra­tion with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other bod­ies of wildlife con­ser­va­tion for pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties for bet­ter up­keep of the wildlife in Marg­hazar Zoo but it still pre­sent­ing ugly pic­ture. -

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