City: Marghzar Zoo to get new lion, elephant soon

Islamabad: In order to add more recreational facilities for public especially children the Islamabad Marghzar Zoo would get a new lion, elephant and ostrich soon.

Chairman Capital Development Authority CDA Syed Tahir Shahbaz has stated this while talking to media persons during his visit to Marghzar Zoo, Sector G13, private housing societies, Fatima Jinnah F9 Park on Friday. He said that CDA plans to approach Sri Lankan and South African governments for getting an elephant and a pair of lions.

He directed the Environment Wing of the authority to ensure the development and upgradation of the city’s environment facilities and fix a time frame in this regard.

Chairman CDA said that a comprehensive up gradation and development plan for the environment is being implemented to further improve the beauty of the city.

He said that Marghzar Zoo is the centre of attraction for not only the residents of the capital city but also the people visiting Islamabad. He said that up gradation and expansion of the Zoo is the need of the hour to add up recreational facilities, especially to entertain the children.

Member Environment, Dr. Kazim Niaz apprised that the phase-I of the expansion plan of the Marghzar Zoo has been completed at a cost of Rs.19.37 million. The work on Phase-II would commence after completing the tendering process.

The present Zoo is a sort of make shift arrangement, which is being expanded to an area of 82.24 acres and a PCI to this effect has been prepared. The Phase-II of the expansion and development of the Zoo would cost Rs.632 million.

Chairman CDA said that the authority would extend all possible resources for the development and expansion of the Marghzar Zoo. He said that some additional enclosures for the elephant and other animals have been constructed, which would help provide better facilities in the Zoo.

He said that special focus is being given to the cleanliness, maintenance and upgradation of the parks of the city. He said that Margallah Hills National Park is an asset for the city and the rich biodiversity of this national park would be protected and preserved. He said that CDA would also launch antilittering drive in participation of the general public and traders community in the sectoral areas of the city as well.

Member Environment, Dr. Kazim Niaz apprised the Chairman that Environment Wing has executed different activities in collaboration with Public and Private Schools, Environmental NGOs, including WWF to raise awareness for keeping the city clean and protecting the natural assets of the Green Islamabad.

Collective efforts would help preserve the rich fauna and flora of the area as there are very few capital cities in the world that are blessed with such close proximity of nature as Islamabad. He said during the planting seasons indigenous varieties of plants would be encouraged.

Chairman CDA also directed for making concrete efforts to protect the Margallah Hills from seasonal fire with effective monitoring and deployment of the firefighting staff. Dr. Suleman Sheikh, Director Zoo, Irfan Azeem Niazi were also present on the occasion.