The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has put Maharajbagh authorities on notice and warned that unless the zoo fulfills the standard conditions the recognition will not be extended further. The warning was issued after an inspection visit to Maharajbagh by A K Malhotra, Member of Central Zoo Authority on Wednesday, August 27. Earlier on August 11, another member of CZA had visited Maharajbagh.
The CZA Member A. K. Malhotra, who is also former Curator of National Geology Park, Delhi, visited Maharajbagh on Wednesday and inspected many features such as boundary walls of the zoo, facilities for the animals, sign boards, kitchen, hospital, facility for visitors and schedule. Malhotra found several lacunas in maintaining the standard of the Zoo. After inspection, Malhotra indicated that the extension of recognition will be given to the zoo only after the zoo fulfills the laid down conditions. It’s been almost four months that the recognition of Maharajbagh Zoo came to an end.
Malhotra looked not at all satisfied with his observation. He said that the city zoo had not been renovated for a long time. The walls are damaged at many places, cleanliness is not being maintained and the facilities for the animals are not up to the mark and added that there is a need to improve the facilities for the visitors also. There are not proper toilets for the visitors, observed Malhotra.
The CZA Member was furious after observing the sewage water drain directly coming in touch with the boundary wall of the Zoo. He said that pollution through the sewage water affect the health of the animals. He emphasized on planting trees along the wall of the zoo to reduce the effect of the pollution on the health of the animals. Malhotra also felt that there is a need for administrative reforms and improvement in hierarchy level.
Maharajbagh Zoo In-Charge Dr SS Bawaskar and other staff was present during the inspection.