A steering Committee led by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Wildlife-cum-Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) has been constituted to ensure time-bound completion of state-of-the-art Zoological Park at Bankhandi in Dehra Sub Division of district Kangra estimated to cost Rs. 619 crore.

The project would be developed in three phases and the 1st phase is planned to be operational by December 2024. The park, marking International standards, will provide visitors an immersive experience regarding wildlife, the biodiversity and Himalayan ecology. The Zoological Park’s master layout plan and preliminary project report have already been prepared as part of the initial project requirements.

The tentative cost of Rs. 619 crore encompasses eco-friendly technologies, renewable energy sources such as solar power, and efficient waste management systems to minimize the ecological footprint. Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that the Zoological Park is designed to leverage the tourism potential of the region, thereby positively impacting the local economy. He said that the initiative reflects the State Government’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation.

Additionally, the government is actively working to make Kangra district as the tourism capital of the state, with this project playing a significant role in this endeavour. The park will feature diverse exhibits, including an Orientation Centre, Walk-in Aviary, Animal Exhibits showcasing different landscapes, and themed zones like Kamyak Van (Scrubland), Dvaita Van (Dense Forest), Chitrakoot (Herbivore zone), and Dandak Van (Carnivore Zone).

An Aquatic Zone, Nocturnal House and a Safari-like experience on a Monorail will further enhance the visitor’s experience. He said that to cater to the needs of visitors, the Zoological Park will also provide facilities such as a cafeteria, picnic areas, biodiversity court and an eco-village showcasing himachali culture & heritage.

The commitment to eco-friendly practices includes recycling and sustainable procurement methods. The Zoological Park in Kangra District is poised to become a significant landmark, drawing visitors from far and wide to witness the grand story of biodiversity looped with the rich cultural heritage of the region. He said that it would also go a long way in providing employment and self employment avenues to the local people.

Bankhandi Zoological Park: A Grand Project For Wildlife Enthusiasts

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