Jambu Zoo project comes to a halt due to crunch in funds

JAMMU: The "Jambu Zoo" project to be built in an area of 227 hectares is considered as the major tourism booster of Jammu region. The zoo has been named after the founder of the city, King Jambu Lochan. Unfortunately, the project has now come to a halt due to crunch in funds.

The total estimated construction cost of the zoo was 121 crores which has to be developed by the State Forest Department. In the first phase, amount of Rs 62.41 crore is to be spent out of which Rs 20 crore has already been utilized whereas the remaining Rs 42 crore will be released once the Detailed Project Report (DPR) is submitted to the Administrative Department.

The work to be completed in Phase-I includes the construction of water reservoir, leopard closures, fencing, circular restaurant, public amenities and plantation of trees and ornamental plants. The zoo will also have reptile chambers. The zoo on completion will have open amusement theatre and park for children besides battery operated cars and bicycle for the visitors.

The Jambu Zoo is believed to be one of the biggest in north India and it will have a 70-foot entry gate in the Khanpur area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Upon completion, this ambitious venture will provide a much-needed boost to the tourism sector of Jammu region


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