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AWAITING ACTION:The circular road getting ready for ‘Night Safari' near the Vandalur zoo on Wednesday.
AWAITING ACTION:The circular road getting ready for ‘Night Safari' near the Vandalur zoo on Wednesday.

P. Oppili

Work on enclosures for elephants and tigers nearing completion

CHENNAI: Work on ‘Night Safari' in the zoological park coming up near the Vandalur zoo is progressing well.

Forest Department sources said the work on constructing enclosures for elephants and tigers was nearing completion, and they would be ready in the next couple of months.

Similarly, a circular road up to a distance of 3.4 km would be laid. Of the total distance the authorities had completed the wet mix mechanism for a distance of 1.4 km. A compound wall for a distance of 2.4 km had also been completed. Both the road and compound wall works were designed by the Structural Engineering division of the Civil Engineering Department, Anna University, officials said.

The Central Zoo Authority of India has provided the funds for constructing the tiger and elephant enclosures. A total of 36 enclosures would be constructed as part of the ‘Night Safari' project, they said.

In order to create a natural environment along the circular road and around the enclosures, the authorities have taken up planting of saplings. A good number of endemic plants were identified and the selected saplings planted nearly a year ago. Most of them have grown well. Whenever the saplings were damaged by free-ranging deer or porcupine, it was being replaced systematically, they said.

The ‘Night Safari' is coming up at a total cost of Rs.156 crore for the Safari Zone, which would be shared by the Central and State governments. Apart from this another Rs.35 crore is meant for entertainment zone, which includes an interpretation centre, amphitheatre, recreation facilities besides visitor amenities of international standard. The project is expected to be over in the next couple of years.

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