Locals oppose multi-storeyed parking system: Minister

While the traffic density around Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is on a rise, the district administration is working towards providing a concrete problem for parking problems faced by the zoo.

Speaking to press-persons, Revenue Minister V Sreenivas Prasad said that the proposal for multi-level parking, opposite to the zoo, under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), was opposed by local businessman, operating around the zoo. “We are searching for land around the zoo to bring an end to the parking problems,” he said. Alternate solutions are being explored, he added.

Prasad noted that there was a lone gorilla at Mysore zoo, and added that Mysore zoo is on the look out for a companion for the gorilla. “There are about 8-9 gorillas at Leipzig zoo in Germany. We will communicate with the Central government to facilitate the animal exchange of gorilla from Leipzig,” he said. Executive Director of the zoo, B P Ravi said that the zoo was also looking for an Indian Rhino to increase the number of species housed at the zoo. Since, there are a good number of Indian Rhinos at Patna and Guwahati zoos, we are trying to bring a pair of animals to Mysore zoo, as part of animal exchange programme.

MLA M K Somshekar said that they are also exploring options to make parking arrangements, near Mysore Race Club, for the convenience of zoo visitors.

Baby giraffe

Meanwhile, a new giraffe calf, born on December 15 is also an added attraction at the zoo. With the birth of a new female calf, the number of giraffes at the zoo is now seven, with four males and three females.

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