Mayor Kala Ozha, along with House leader Sushil Khedkar and Shiv Sena leader Gajanan Barwal, this morning visited Siddharth Garden zoo and inspected facilities available there. They also discussed ways and means to improve the condition of the zoo.
Zoo director Dr B S Naikwade and garden superintendent Vijay Patil were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the mayor enquired after lioness Rohini and hyena, who have been undergoing treatment. She also inspected the pond where blue bulls have been kept.
The zoo authorities told the mayor that the lioness has been responding well to the treatment and managing to stand on its legs.
Dr Naikwade briefed the civic authorities on the revised master plan approved by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and the changes needed to be done.
Dr Naikwade also stressed the need for setting up a sewage treatment plant (STP) at the zoo as the smell of the nearby nullah is posing health hazard to the zoo inmates. "If a STP is set up, drain water could be recycled and used for plants during summer," he explained.
Issue of appointment of veterinary doctor
As the proposal to appoint a permanent veterinary doctor for the zoo animals has been pending with the State Government, civic chief H S Kamble is learnt have given permission to appoint a veterinary doctor on a temporary basis as many animals at the zoo are falling ill due to the monsoon.