Wildlife Dept head urges people to cooperate with Zoo staff during Eid

Wheelchairs will be placed at the entrance to facilitate the physically disabled, elderly


Our Correspondent September 12, 2016
Wheelchairs will be placed at the entrance to facilitate the physically disabled, elderly. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Lahore Zoo administration has made special arrangements to facilitate visitors during Eidul Azha days, Punjab Wildlife and Parks Director General Khalid Ayaz Khan told journalists on Monday. He was visiting the Lahore Zoo to check security measures in place ahead of the Eidul Azha rush.

He said the administration had taken special security precautions this time and requested citizens to cooperate with the security teams.

“We are trying to ensure fool proof security.” Lahore Zoo Director Shafqat Ali and Headquarters Deputy Director Muhammad Naeem Bhatti were present on the occasion.

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Khan said six walkthrough gates had been installed – four on The Mall and two at the Lawrence Road Gate. Eight metal detectors had been given to security staff to check visitors manually. He said six wheelchairs had been placed at the entrances to the zoo to facilitate the physically disabled, the elderly and for anyone feeling unwell.

Khan said they were anticipating a large crowd of visitors this year. “We have set up additional ticket booths so people can avoid long queues for tickets.”

He said they had deputed additional staff other than officials of the Wildlife Department at the zoo to improve management and security there.

Important telephone numbers have been displayed at prominent places to facilitate people in case of an emergency. He said in order to ensure tight security officials of the Special Branch would stationed at the Lahore Zoo during Eidul Azha holidays.

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The Wildlife DG also visited the zoo cafeteria and checked the prices and expiry dates of edibles there.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2016.

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