Lucknow: All the hurdles in setting up the country’s first night safari and new zoo in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow have been removed. The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has issued the permission letter on May 15 for setting up both in the forests of Kukrail. At the same time, it is being seen as a major achievement of the Yogi government.
Night safari will be ready in 350 acres
According to the information, in August last year, the cabinet had given green signal to the proposal to make night safari in Kukral and also to shift the zoo of Lucknow there. Since then, the Forest Department was engaged in obtaining all kinds of NOCs and completing the formalities for their establishment.
The forests of Kukrail are spread over 2027.46 hectares. The country’s first night safari will be set up on the lines of Singapore in 350 acres. Zoological garden will be built in 150 acres. 1000 acres of land has been identified in such a way that there will be no harm to the original nature of the forest area.
1500 crore will be spent
At the same time, the cost of these two projects will be around Rs 1500 crore. After getting the permission letter from the CZA, now the Forest Department will take the services of an international level consultant to prepare the Detailed Report (DPR) of the projects. Proposals will also be invited from open tender for appointment of consultant.
These works will be done in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode. That is, the firm which will take the contract for the establishment of night safari and zoo, will have to do all the work on its own on the set standards. Global tenders will be invited for this, as no expert agency is currently present in the country for this work.