Nandankanan Zoological Park turned 61 years on 30th December and completed as the most successful park in Odisha. Crowded with numerous tourists Nandankanan is the most famous tourist place across the state. The 61st Foundation Day of the Zoological Park was celebrated and headed the inauguration of the exit gate and safari bus stop.
The foundation day celebration was witnessed by Odisha Forest & Environment (F&E) Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, senior Congress MLA Suresh Kumar Routray, F&E Addl Chief Secretary Mona Sharma, PCCF Hari Shankar Upadhyay, and Nandankanan Director Shashi Paul.
During the event, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Odisha Forest and Environment (F&E) stated that for the up-gradation of the zoo a master plan is already prepared to make it a world-class zoo. He further informed that in the next 20 years around 600 crores will be extended through the master plan and the plan had been already submitted with the Central Zoo Authority. After proper approval soon the work will be carried forward and the Zoo will become more elegant and will attract more visitors across other states also.
The toy train will be started soon and will be used for entertainment purposes for the tourists. Even the construction of the multi-level parking space is almost in the completion purpose and will be inaugurated by this month.
Nandankanan Zoological Park established in 1960 is a 1,080-acre zoo and botanical garden. The zoo was opened for the public in 1979 and soon became the first zoo in India to join the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2009. In 2000 up-gradation was done as in 1999 the Super cyclone damaged massively of the Zoo.
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