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Foundation stone was laid on Sept 2016 with deadline of two years
Has Government abandoned Jumbo Zoo project of Jammu?
11/30/2019 10:57:34 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Nov 30: While as authorities have announced to start Bahu Fort Rope-way project within days, there is no mentioning of the much-publicized Jumbo zoo project in Jammu. This project is still on the papers because the detailed project report (DPR) of phase one of the 'ambitious venture' is yet to be approved by the higher-ups.
Interestingly foundation stone of this project was laid with much publicity on September 10, 2016 by the then PDP-BJP government with a deadline to complete the work within a time frame of 'maximum two-year'. But more than three years have passed but there is no progress in the project. Some work was done during the tenure of Choudhary Lal Singh as Forest Minister but after that the project appears to be abandoned by the government.
In the month of June this year, the Forest Department had informed Mayor of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Chander Mohan Gupta that DPR for phase -I of this project, amounting Rs 62.41 crore have been submitted to the Administrative Department for approval.
The Forest Department is developing Jumbo zoo in Jammu, named after founder of the city King Jumbo Lochan, on 10,000 kanals of forest land, which will also have a safari ride.
While laying foundation stone of the Rs 121 crore project, the then Forest Minister, Choudhary Lal Singh had claimed that project will be completed within two years at any cost and will attract tourists from across the country.
The zoo will be developed on modern lines with a huge network of roads. Its biggest attraction will be a 70-foot gate to be built at the entry in the Khanpur area on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
Credible sources said that after removal of Lal Singh from the council of ministers in the month of April 2018, work on this project has almost stopped or is going on snail's place just to befool the people.
As per the project report, the zoo will be spread over from Khanpur to the Chinore area and would be the first of its kind in J&K. Earlier, only 3,200 kanals were allotted for the project. But, with the efforts of the department, more forest land has been retrieved and the zoo will be spread over 10,000 kanals.
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