Zoo to hike entry fee

Maintaining zoos is getting a costly affair, and so will visiting exotic animals and rare birds in their enclosure in Delhi. The capital’s zoo has just hiked the entry fee for visitors from Rs 20 to Rs 40. Foreign nationals will have to pay Rs 200 against Rs 100 as at present.

Tickets for children will be priced at Rs 20 instead of Rs 10. The new fees will come into effect from April 1. “We decided to increase the fees as the maintenance cost of the zoo has increased,” said Delhi Zoo curator Riaz Khan. “If the entry fees are doubled, the revenue of the zoo will increase. Moreover, in April, due to summer holidays, there is increased footfall at the zoo.”

The entry fee was last revised in 2010. “Apart from the increase in fees, visitors who carry cameras, which were free earlier, will now have to pay Rs 50 for shooting. As for video cameras, the fee will remain Rs 1,000,” Khan said.

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