Mumbai : The state government has decided to rename the Nagpur-based Gorewada international zoo as “Balasaheb Thackeray International Zoological Park, Nagpur.”
According to available information, the special executive officer of the state revenue and forest department Siddhesh Savardekar has already signed and issued government resolution (GR) in this regard, on Tuesday. The GR further directed the managing director of the forest development corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) to initiate the process of renaming the zoo, who is in-charge of the zoo.
The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is likely to inaugurate the zoo for the public on January 26.
The Gorewada zoo is likely to be one of the largest captive Zoo Safari in India with over 1914 Hectares of land adjoining the Gorewada Lake near Nagpur city. The Park shall be having various features showcasing Tribal Art, Rescue Centre for Wildlife, Indian Safari, African Safari, Interpretation Centre, Trail of Senses, and Night Safari.
In 2006, the Maharashtra government identified land of approximately forest land admeasuring 1914 Hectares for establishing the project adjacent to the Gorewada Lake and at 8 km from the heart of Nagpur.
The Safari Park is being developed on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer basis in public private partnership mode. To make the Zoo Park financially viable, the State transferred additional 26 hectare non-forest land for commercial utilization.