Pilikula Biological Park in Mangalore to be Handed Over to Forest Department: This is The Reason

Pilikula Biological Park in Mangalore to be Handed Over to Forest Department: This is The Reason

The Pilikula Development Authority (PDA) will hand over its over two-decade-old Pilikula Biological Park (zoo) to the Forest Department soon, for better management. Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Ravi Kumar M R has directed the commissioner of Pilikula Development Authority (PDA) to commence the process of handing over the biological park to the deputy conservator of forests, Mangalore division, immediately and complete the same by July 31.

The DC stated in the letter that the permission granted by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to the zoo of Pilikula Biological Park had ended on August 19, 2021. Following this, the PDA had applied to the deputy inspector general of forest, ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MOEFCC) and CZA seeking extension of the zoo license for five more years.
The 106th technical committee meeting of the CZA had renewed the license for three more years. The DIG of forest, MOEFCC had stated in a letter dated February 2, 2023, that the director in charge of the zoo doesn’t have adequate financial delegation to manage the day-to-day business of the zoo efficiently. Further, the PDA is not sufficiently sensitive to the needs of the zoo. It will make much better sense to transfer the zoo to Karnataka forest department for better coordination to address human-wildlife conflict, better sensitivity towards the need of captive animals and eventually better management with the help of a director, who is appropriately delegated, the DC said quoting the DIG of forest, MOEFCC.

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