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