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Pay zoo double to park

Ranchi, Oct. 10: Come November, and parking one’s wheels on the premises of the capital’s zoo will prove doubly dear.

The Birsa Munda Zoological Park at Ormanjhi has revised its parking rates for two-wheelers, four-wheelers and heavy vehicles to earn more revenue during the tourist season — November to January — and deploy the earnings to improve its infrastructure.

The decision was the outcome of a meeting held by the governing body recently.

During the meeting, it was decided that parking fee would be hiked from Re 1 to Rs 2 for bicycles, from Rs 5 to Rs 10 for two-wheelers and from Rs 10 to Rs 20 for four-wheelers. Heavy vehicles will be charged Rs 30, against Rs 15 earlier.

The new rates will be effective November 1.

“We have only decided to revise the parking rates. Ticket rates will remain Rs 10,” Birsa Munda Zoological Park director P.K. Verma told The Telegraph.

Verma said the revenue generated by the revised rates would be used to develop the zoo. “We will applying a fresh coat of paint on all the enclosures and the main building. We also plan to expand the parking space in view of the ever-increasing footfall in the zoo, which has gone up tremendously in the past few years,” said the zoo director.

“At present, the parking space inside the zoo is very limited. On normal days, there are no parking problems as such. However, we face problems in the winter months, when there is a heavy crowd of visitors,” Verma said.

The parking lot, approximately 100m from the entrance, accommodates around 50 vehicles on normal days. But between November and January, 150-200 vehicles jostle for space daily.

Lack of parking space during the peak season forces passenger buses to stand out on NH-33, many of which bring children from nearby schools.

The capital’s zoological park, spread over 104 hectares, was set up in 1994 and is home to around 700 animals and birds.

It is open all days, except Mondays, from 9am to 5pm.

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