Byculla’s Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan was to get a fare hike but the standing committee put the proposal down. To have get a Penguin tour, people have to pay Rs 50 only. A family of four with an additional member will be charged Rs 100 according to the announcement. Earlier, Shi Sena had filed a proposal to bring about an increase in ticket prices.
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BJP Mumbai President, Ashish Shelar, had opposed the proposal which was submitted to a standing committee. Along with him, BJP’s municipal group leader, Manoj Kotak, had opposed the fare hike as well. People visiting the zoo for a jog or a stroll shouldn’t have to pay, according to Kotak. They would try and bring the prices down for a Penguin tour, said Kotak. ‘We will force the ruling party to consider the interest of the public at the meeting’, said Ravi Raja, the Opposition Leader. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Korgaonkar has made it clear that a decision will be made by the people considering the members' suggestions. According to sources, it is possible for the members to demand a separate charge for viewing Penguins and going to Rani Bagh.
They have been successful in not increasing the ticket prices.