The 1894 established zoo, Maharaj Bagh had been facing few of the major issues related to the location and recognition by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA). Earlier, CZA had issued a notice to de-recognize the city zoo. Following the notice the authorities of Maharaj Bagh zoo approached higher bodies which include Central Forest and pollution department. The CZA even asked the zoo authorities to develop the area or shift the animals to Gorwada Enclosure.
According to the members of Maharaj Bagh, the zoo was neglected by the central and state government and even the agricultural university under which the zoo comes, had no aims and objectives for the zoo. And as a result the part which was meant to be under Maharaj Bagh zoo and was reserved for further development of the zoo, has been given to City Bus Depot and other city developmental plans. The reserved area even has been given to Eternity Mall and a new route for city busses has been made which totally disturbs the ecological condition and peace which should be provided to the animals in the enclosure.
Sunil Bawaskar, officer in charge said, “CZA has currently accepted our developmental plan and according to them the zoo expansion is going in the right direction” Bawaskar even added that the citizens should also support zoo authorities by visiting it more often, this way even CZA will have no objections over the period of time.
In the recent years, Maharaj Bagh Zoo did not even had funds raised from the central government. In fact the whole zoo was maintained by the revenue generated by the visitor funds. CZA has currently re-recognized the property and has given a time duration for the development of the zoo.
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