The international stadium in Dhurwa or the Ormanjhi zoo?
Children, who are awe-struck by the wild and swear by sports, can have their pick or visit both places on Thursday as the authorities have waived the entry fee to the twin attractions on the occasion of Independence Day.
While the picturesque Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park is extending the special offer to only children till 12 years of age, the International Stadium Complex, which is normally out of bounds for the general public, will open the facility for all.
Zoo director A.K. Patra said: “We don’t offer such freebies on all festive days as it is during such occasions that we make more money. However, Independence Day and Republic Day are unique and what better gift can we give children on these special occasions than allowing them free entry into the park to appreciate nature and wildlife,” said Patra.
On normal days, the entry charge is Rs 20 per person for adults and Rs 10 for children till 12 years.
With the zoo authorities expecting a footfall of over 2 lakh on August 15, preparations have already begun. Special arrangements like installation of bamboo partitions, setting up of extra counters, cleanliness drives et al are underway.
A new city bus link from Birsa Chowk to the Ormanjhi zoo has come as another boon for visitors. According to Jharkhand State Tourism Development Corporation’s managing director Sunil Kumar, they started plying the city bus on the zoo route two days ago.
“Earlier, the city bus travelled only till Booty More. Now, it is plying from Birsa Chowk via Kantatoli till the zoo as it is one of the major attractions of Ranchi and draws a huge number of people,” said Kumar.
Jharkhand State Cricket Association, on the other hand, is eager to showcase its multi-crore stadium to the public on I-Day. “People can visit the stadium from 9am to 5pm on Independence Day. Anyone can come and take a look at the facilities here. We are expecting a good turnout as the city doesn’t have enough attractions,” said JSCA spokesperson Manoj Kumar.