Mumbai : Congress has objected to the tender issued by the municipality for the maintenance of penguins in the zoo of Veer Jijabai Bhosale Udyan in Byculla. Congress leader Ravi Raja has raised the question as to why doctors are being appointed when the municipality has its own veterinarian. The Congress party has said that the tender of Rs 15 crore issued by the municipality is a waste.
The cost of caring for penguins has always been a point of contention. The municipality has invited tenders for the maintenance of penguins at a cost of Rs 15 crore. The contract will be for three years. It also includes medical matters. The Congress has objected to the appointment of a private doctor when the municipality has its own veterinarian. Ravi Raja has said that the corporation is spending unnecessarily during the coronation period. He has also demanded cancellation of the tender.
No compromise on penguins: Mayor
Penguins are the attraction of the park. Penguins live in a different environment. Compromising to take care of them would be like playing with their souls. Then there will be no compromise. If opponents object to the cost, let us know. But the income of the zoo has increased, said Mayor Kishori Pednekar.