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Bhubaneswar: On account of the 57th foundation day today, the Nandankanan Zoological Park authorities unveiled a slew of new facilities including online ticketing system to attract more footfalls.

The launch of the online ticketing services would allow the visitors to book their tickets by visiting www.nandankanan.org .  As part of this initiative, visitors will be able to book entry tickets for the park as well as for picnics at the botanical garden. However, the price of online ticket will be marginally higher than the offline one, informed sources.

While tiger Nandan, Megha and her cubs were brought to an enclosure for display, a jackal enclosure was also inaugurated. The statue of tigress Kanan was also unveiled during the Foundation Day.

Moreover, 40 CCTV cameras have been installed to keep track of the visitors’ movement inside the zoo. From the next year onwards, the zoo is planning to bring new species including an Anaconda and two male Gharial crocodiles from Lucknow. Apart from this, the Zoo is planning to install a toy train next year, for which Rs 3 crore has been budgeted.

A memorabilia was also launched during the ceremony.

“Tigers were shifted to the display enclosure, which is going to be a big attraction. In future, we are looking to have a toy train and to operate the ropeway, which is now defunct. The work on these will begin very soon as work orders have been given. We expect the work to be completed in the next 1-2 years. The entire park has been brought under CCTV surveillance, which will allow monitoring in a real time basis” said Forest and Environment secretary, Suresh Mohapatra.

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“Our aim always is to provide better facilities to the visitors. On our 57th Foundation Day today, we are introducing the online ticketing system, which will allow the visitors to book tickets online on their PCs and mobile phones. We will also install 40 CCTV cameras for the benefit of tourists and it will be helpful in keeping track of them in case they get lost,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife), Siddharth Das.

“We are planning to get some new animals from Lucknow. Moreover, there are plans to bring some animals from Chennai, and the proposal is pending before the Central Zoo Authority and after a meeting of the Technical committee is convened, we are likely to get an approval,” said Zoo director, Sishir Kumar Acharya.

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