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Entry fees for Karachi Zoo and Safari Park raised

SHIKARPUR: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has increased gate entry fees for Karachi Zoo and Safari Park. According to the resolution, which was passed in this connection under the delegated powers of council, the gate entry fee for Safari Park and Karachi Zoo has been increased from Rs10 to Rs20 and for children from Rs5 to Rs10.This may be noted that the existing rates of gate entry fee for these facilities were quite old whereas KMC was spending huge sums on the beautification and uplift of these recreation places in the city to provide even better facilities to visitors in the center of the city. In this connection KMC has inducted many new and precious species of animals in the Karachi Zoo and Safari Park and extraordinary money was incurred on the well being of captives, purchase of their feed & medicines and payment of salaries and wages of staff deputed for this purpose.However, KMC was facing hardships due to rising inflation and limited resources, therefore the director of Safari and Karachi Zoo submitted the recommendation for increase in the gate entry and other fee of Karachi Zoo and Safari park.The people were also consulted in this regard through the newspapers and a committee had been setup comprising of the Financial Advisor, Senior Director CSR, Director Internal Audit and Deputy Director Safari which after thoroughly reviewing the existing and the proposed rates recommended the increase in the gate entry fee for both recreation facilities. The gate entry fee for Karachi Zoo and Safari Park for adult visitors was increased from Rs10 to Rs20 whereas the entry fee for children below 7 years of age in Safari Park and for up to 12 years of age in Karachi Zoo has been increased from Rs5 to Rs10. The entry fee of Karachi Zoos Natural History Museum was also increased from Rs5 to Rs10 and for minors from Rs3 to Rs5 and the entry fee for Reptile House and Mumtaz Mahal Show was increased from Rs5 to Rs10 and from Rs3 to Rs5 for minors.

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