Demolished zoo walls create security crisis for animals and visitors in Karachi

Along with two of Karachi Zoo walls, around 400 to 500 shops and offices were also razed by the KMC


Our Correspondent January 14, 2019
PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The walls built on two sides of Karachi Zoo were demolished almost a week ago as part of the large-scale anti-encroachment operation. This has inadvertently made the zoo an unsafe space for people and animals alike. There is an immediate need to rebuild the boundary walls, however, with the suspension of funds for the renovation and developmental work by the Sindh government, the difficulties have increased manifold.

Along with the walls, around 400 to 500 shops and offices built along the walls were also razed in the premises of the zoo during the anti-encroachment drive conducted by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).

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Previously, there were two gates for entry and exit and visitors were allowed entry in the zoo after a body search. But now, the zoo is accessible from both sides and this could lead to untoward accidents. Around 3,000 to 4,000 people visit the zoo for entertainment daily and their number increases to up to 7,000 on holidays. Now, anyone can enter the zoo.

According to sources, extremely rare and expensive animals are present in the zoo. Their security too has become compromised and with limited guards, ensuring complete security has become impossible. Sources said that the lack of walls could cause a huge loss and suggest that they be constructed immediately.

The development work in the zoo had already been halted due to the termination of funds from the Sindh government three or four months ago. Sources said that the zoo is in need of an immediate supply of approximately Rs100 million on account of constructing the walls and development works. The construction of walls will take a month even if funds are not provided immediately.

The situation of the zoo has worsened due to the demolition of walls during the anti-encroachment operation. Senior officials of the Sindh government and Karachi mayor have been apprised about the state of affairs, yet efforts for the construction of walls have not begun.

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