KARACHI - Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar has said that the rehabilitation and upgradation of the Karachi Zoo has been started.

He was talking to media after attending the briefings from the project managers on the rehabilitation of Karachi Zoo, here on Thursday.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been approached for providing assistance and technical cooperation in this project, the mayor added.

Akhtar said that the Sindh chief minister had approved Rs30 million for the zoo. He hoped that more funds would be provided when required.

The projects include the establishment of a botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary where captives would be kept in natural habitat and cages would be replaced by enclosures with all required standards.

Project Manager Samar Ali Khan and other members of his team and Works Director General Shahab Anwer, Director Coordination Masood Alam, Director Recreation Mansoor Qazi and others were also present on the occasion.

The mayor said toilet and other facilities would be provided to visitors under this project which also includes the free Wifi, construction of boundary wall, underground water reservoir and restoration of electric system in the garden. He added that the walking and cycling trails would also be given in the zoo area to the visitors.

Separately, Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Director General Samiuddin Siddiqui said that the monitoring system must be implemented on all the KDA land which was evicted from land grabber.

He expressed his views during a meeting with Director Estate and enforcement Raza Qaim Khani.

Following the directives of KDA director general, signboard have been displayed on the KDA property in North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Sarjani Town, and Korangi while a monitoring system have been implemented on all sites.

Operation against illegal occupants is underway while estate and enforcement officers briefed the director general about the operation.