Monday, May 23, 2011

Patna zoo wants joggers to pay

Patna, May 24, 2011: In a decision which will have an impact on the health of Patnites, the city zoo authorities have decided to impose entry fee on morning joggers inside its campus from July 1.  Joggers would now have to secure paid passes for their morning exercise in the zoo premises.

The monthly pass will cost Rs 60 while the quarterly pass would cost Rs 150 and annual pass Rs 150.

Application forms for these passes would be available at the zoo's gate number 1 and 2 from June 1. Priced at Rs 10, the form contains columns seeking general details like name, address, e-mail ID and contact number of the applicant who would also have to submit two recent photographs along with the form. The pass would be issued later after the form is processed. Expired passes could be renewed by depositing the requisite fee.

As per the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) rules, zoos in the country do not allow morning walk on their premises. However, the CZA has given its nod to the Patna zoo as a special case to allow morning walk in view of the lack of adequate green zones in the city.

An estimated 5,000 joggers currently come to the zoo every morning.

The zoo authorities hope the pass system would lead to fewer morning walkers in the zoo. There's no move as of now to introduce pass system for evening walkers apparently because they do not number more than a hundred.

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