E. Maruthi Rao Pawar, president of the BJP Slum Morcha and chairman of Zoo Authority, has said that the Indira Priyadarshini Park, near Anegod in Davangere district, will soon be developed and more animals, including crocodiles and rare snakes, will be brought into it.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Pawar said that the entire eight-hectare plot allotted for the zoo on Bangalore-Pune National Highway would be utilised and developed into a picnic spot. A few nests would be placed for birds and the existing cages, which were very small, would soon be replaced with larger ones.
At present, the zoo was earning Rs. 3.5 lakh annually, which was not even sufficient to pay the salary of people working there. The authority would soon release Rs. 35 lakh in the first phase for its development.
Similarly, the zoo in Bellary would be developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 80 crore of which the government had recently released Rs. 8 crore. Except Mysore, Bannerghatta, near Bangalore, and Shimoga, the zoos in other places were not in a good condition and not generating sufficient revenue to meet their routine expenses, he said.
Many leaders of the BJP were present.