Modi Officiates Tiger Day at Patna Zoo; Launches New Attractions

Deputy CM Sushil Modi speaking at Patna Zoo on the occasion of Tiger Day on Monday.

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Patna: Deputy Chief Minister, on the occasion of Tiger Day at a function at Patna Zoo on Monday, inaugurated an electric toy train, a new restaurant, and a souvenir shop that, he said, would help draw in more visitors than ever before.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that the goal to double the number of tigers was reached four years ahead of the deadline previously set by the Nitish government.

Inaugurating the logo of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that the increased number of tigers in Bihar was attracting large number of tourists in the sanctuary proving the climate in the reserve was just right for nurturing young cubs who grow up to be healthy animals.

Sushil Modi flagging off toy train at Patna Zoo on Monday.Sushil Modi flagging off toy train at Patna Zoo on Monday.

"In 2018-19, a total of 45,424 people visited the Valmiki Tiger Reserve. Our goal, however, is to raise this number to one lakh by the end of next year and to achieve this goal, we intend to add new attractions to the reserve. Patna Zoo, meanwhile, had 24.33 lakh visitors in the same period bringing in a revenue of Rs. 8.66 lakh," he said.

BJP legislator Sanjiv Chaurasia, zoo officials, and other senior bureaucrats were present at the function.

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