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Third eye vigil on visitors at Tata Zoological Park

Jamshedpur, June 18 : Visitors at Tata Steel Zoological Park will now be under the scanner with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. The park management has embarked on installing CCTV cameras for keeping an eye on the movement of visitors and animal.

Tata zoo director Bipul Chakravarty said CCTVs will be installed in phases. In the first phase 55 CCTV cameras are being installed across the zoo. The gadgets were very much needed as footfall has increased over the years.

Officials and security personnel will monitor the visuals 24×7 from the administrative unit existing besides the main gate. Authorities said the cameras will keep surveillance on the activities inside the zoo and keep a check on unruly visitors.

According a zoo official, CCTV cameras were installed outside and inside the main entrance gates. The gadgets will also be put at Knowledge Centre, boating corner and some animal enclosures.

CCTV cameras are already existing at lion and tiger enclosures, hospital (inside the campus) and store room in 2017. Need to supplement the numbers was thought to be the need of the hour. The authorities, based on the response, can also install CCTV cameras near the different enclosures later.

The zoo’s move has received mixed response from residents and visitors at the zoo. “Installing CCTV cameras is a good initiative by the zoo authorities, as some visitors often vandalise the premises or indulge in eve-teasing. The cameras can be more effective than deploying security guards at the entrance gates,” said a visitor at the zoo.

The foundation stone of Tata Zoo was laid in 1990 and its gates were opened for visitors on March, 3 1994. The zoo is nestled inside the Jubilee Park and has two wetlands on either side, the Subarnarekha River in its north and Jayanti Sarovar in south. Both these wetlands are famous for winter migratory birds. The zoo is spread over an area of 40 hectares with beautifully landscaped gardens interspersed with small forest patches. The prime motto of the zoo during the last two decades of its operation has been to preserve wild flora and fauna and help them propagate in captivity.

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