The century-old Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens will soon have CCTV systems installed at all animal and avian enclosures, said N. Nanjundaswamy, Chairman, Karnataka Zoo Authority.

According to him, a decision in this regard will be taken on Sept. 30 when the City Zoo Governing Council meets.

Nanjundaswamy said that installation of CCTV cameras will help in curbing the teasing of animals and birds that takes place in spite of security guards near the enclosures. This way, the lives of birds and animals can be protected.

Nanjundaswamy also said that a private firm based in Bangalore has come forward to install CCTVs free of cost and they have asked that they be allowed to display the firm's logo and name on the cameras in return. The Sept. 30 meeting will decide on this matter, he said.

In reply to a question, Nanjundaswamy said that three control monitors will be installed in the offices of the Zoo Executive Director, Zoo Authority Chairman and the Member Secretary and all the cameras will be monitored 24x7.

In the hour-long exclusive interview to SOM reporter, Nanjundaswamy touched upon several issues that need to be addre-ssed in the day-to-day working of the Zoo.

According to Nanjundaswamy, there were three major problems that have to be set right on a war-footing.

Currently, there are multiple parking areas at the Zoo proper and at the Karanji Lake entrance. The decision to use the aquarium, which connects the Mysore Zoo with the Karanji Lake is temporarily stalled due to want of funds. This is the second problem, according to Nanjundaswamy. He said that both the Central Zoo Authority of India and the State Government have expressed their inability to bail out the Zoo financially.

Nanjundaswamy also said that the Mysore City Corporation (MCC), which had been apprised of the problem of funds shortage, had suggested that the Zoo and the MCC jointly seek a bank loan to complete the aquarium and walk-way work. "We will take a decision on this soon," said the Zoo Authority Chairman.

Nanjundaswamy said that the new Minister S.A. Ramdas had also been apprised of these current problems of the City Zoo and that he had assured to provide necessary help.

The third problem, said Nanjundaswamy, was the urgent need to install an effluent cleaning system for Karanji Lake. So far, untreated water flows into the lake and this could seriously harm the marine life in the lake. The new effluent system could be installed while the work on the aquarium was being completed. He said that an additional Rs. 7 to 8 crore was needed for this and it was for this that the MCC had suggested seeking a bank loan.

Animal adoption, a success

Nanjundaswamy also commented on the success of the Zoo Animal Adoption Scheme and said it was now being extended to all the Zoos in the State.

Currently, the Animal Adoption Scheme is going on at Mysore & Shimoga Zoos and at Bannerghatta National Park. This would be extended to Gadag's Binkadakatti Zoo, Davanagere's Anegundi Zoo, Belgaum's Kittur Chennamma Zoo and Gulbarga & Raichur Zoos.

He said that by changing the adoption scheme to include even one-day adoption, persons could celebrate birthdays by adopting a bird or animal for a day. This was becoming a resounding success and more people would be encouraged to adopt an animal for a day.

The reason for encouraging this project is to generate revenue for the upkeep of animals and birds. So far, all Zoos are maintained by the gate collection and fees charged for cameras etc., but this was not enough as salaries and other expenses had to be taken care of, he said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore