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Electronic tickets to ease zoo gate congestion

- Deputy chief minister will be present at inaugural ceremony of new system

Come Tuesday, congestion at the zoo gates would be history with the inauguration of electronic ticketing system.

The first gate would have seven electronic sensor gates, through which visitors would be able to enter the zoo premises. There would be three sensor entrances at the second.

At present, people have to spend long hours standing in three queues — two at the first gate and one at the second. With the introduction of the electronic ticketing system, there would be 10 queues. As a result, the waiting time at the zoo entrance would reduce considerably.

After buying tickets from the counters beside the first or the second gate, people would have to walk up to the sensor gates, called ticket kiosks. Once the ticket is kept on the sensor, the lever of the gate would open.

After the electronic ticketing system is introduced, the existing entrances would be converted into exit gates. Only morning-walkers would be allowed to use them for entering the zoo.

Patna zoo director Abhay Kumar told The Telegraph on Sunday: “The electronic ticketing system would be inaugurated in the presence of deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday, the concluding day of the Wildlife Week. It would benefit the visitors in several ways. One of them would be lessening the time wasted standing in queues.”

The electronic ticketing system has been installed by Hyderabad-based Fourth Dimension Private Limited. It has cost Rs 27 lakh.

Explaining the functioning of the electronic ticketing system, Abhay said: “The electronic ticketing machines contain a sensor and the tickets would have a 12-digit figure. The visitors would have to put the ticket on the scanner. It would scan the 12-digit figure and feed it into the system. Thereafter, the slider in the machine would turn to make way for the visitor. One ticket can be used only once. Though we have introduced this advanced technology-based ticketing system, the entry charges would remain the same.”

According to sources, the firm that has installed the new ticketing system would operate and maintain the facility for a year. Thereafter, the zoo authorities would look after it.

Explaining the benefits of the electronic ticketing system, Abhay said: “There would be two control rooms of the electronic ticketing system — one at the ticket counter room and the other at the director’s office. Apart from crowd management, it would allow us to monitor every entry into the zoo.”