LAHORE: The Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department (PWPD) has decided to run a free shuttle service between Lahore Zoological Gardens and Lahore Safari Zoo to facilitate visitors during Eidul Fitr holidays.
The decision was taken at a departmental meeting held on Thursday. PWPD Director General Khalid Ayyaz Khan was also present on the occasion.
The department has arranged four coaster buses that will run between Lahore Zoo and Safari Zoo at the same time and the visitors will not be charged for this facility.
The meeting also reviewed security arrangements and facilities to be provided to visitors during the Eid holidays.
People can board these coasters from either Lahore Zoo or Safari Zoo but they will not be allowed to disembark anywhere along the route except the two parks. Tight security measures have been put in place and visitors will be checked with metal detectors before they board. As per the schedule, when a coaster will depart from Lahore Zoo, another will leave from Safari Zoo.
People will be served on first come first served basis and the department has asked them to cooperate with the staff. The department also decided to check security preparedness of all the wildlife parks and zoological gardens in order to ensure security of the facilities and the visitors during Eid holidays.
All the assistant directors, district officers and wildlife parks in charge have also been directed to ensure implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs). They have been asked to liaise with their police station concerned and bomb disposal squad. The PWPD also assigned 11 officers to check the discipline and presence of the staff during the holidays.
PWPD DG directed the assistant directors wildlife, curators and district wildlife officers to remain present at their place of posting during Eid holidays.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2017.