October 5, 2018
State Govt to take up second phase of work at Bengal Safari Park
To make the Bengal Safari Park more attractive for children, the State Forest Department will take up the second phase of work of Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri. The work will start from January next year.
An underground aquarium with a variety of local fish, a toy train, a flower garden and a children’s park, with merry-go-round, seesaw, swings and slides, are among the facilities that the department plans to develop.
According to the State Forest Minister, the underground aquarium will take visitors to a wondrous underwater journey, with fish species from rivers and marine animals swimming alongside, visible through glass walls on either side.
The detailed project report will be submitted to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her final approval in January, said the minister. The entire plan envisages a cost of more than Rs 100 crore.
Spread over 297 hectare, the animal park, unveiled in January 2016, has emerged as a major attraction for both tourists and locals. As of now, there are three royal Bengal tigers with three cubs, a rhinoceros, bears, leopards, gharials, over 400 deer, two elephants and an aviary with birds of different species at the park.
There are a number of safaris in the park – herbivore safari (spread over 100 hectares), royal Bengal tiger safari, bear safari and the recently introduced leopard safari (spread over 20 hectares each).
Source: Millennium Post