Rs100M budgetary allocation for Islamabad Zoo under PSPD


Under Public Service Development Programme (PSDP), the federal government allocated Rs100 million for Climate Change Division’s new scheme in the financial year 2022-23, intended to build a wildlife conservation and information center at the old Islamabad Zoo.

The allotted amount of millions of rupees in the Fiscal Year 2022-23 focused on introducing development work on the only Zoo in the federal capital that went nonfunctional because of the negligence of the wildlife management.

The wildlife conservation center would be a modern facility with up-do-the-minute technological solutions to impart wildlife information to its visitors.

As per a budgetary document, the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) scheduled activities for the financial year 2022-23 in Climate Change Division focused on Disaster Risk Management, Availability of uncontaminated drinking water in Pakistan, Early Warning Systems, Transition toward environmentally resistant Pakistan through adaptation and mitigation aiming environmental initiatives consistent with Pakistan’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) objectives, getting Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) to make eco-system services and provide extra support to mitigation of GHG in Pakistan, enhance eco-tourism and improve the carbon sinking capacity and to build real-time checking of ambient air quality through the establishment of monitoring stations, in a periodic manner, all over Islamabad.

Moreover, the amount of Rs9.5 billion has been set aside for the current schemes whereas 100 million were allocated for a new scheme in the PSDP 2022-23.

The ongoing projects comprise Capacity Building on Water Quality Monitoring and SDG 6 (6.1) Reporting worth Rs23 million; Climate Resilient Urban Human Settlements at Unit at a cost of Rs19 million was assigned.

However, the maximum allocations were allocated for Upscaling of Green Pakistan Programme (Revised) costing Rs9.4 billion.

The sources further reported that a huge amount of Rs100 million was earmarked for the long-awaited Islamabad Zoo project that would be renovated into a wildlife sanctuary and animal preserve zone.

Besides, the PSDP 2022-23 has set aside an amount of Rs563.035 million and Rs1, 245 million for setting up weather surveillance radars at Multan and Sukkur respectively.