Vol. 5 Num 400 Tue. July 12, 2005  

Dhaka Zoo contractors threaten to stop food supply

The animals and birds at the Dhaka National Zoo might face another food crisis as the authorities failed to pay the outstanding bills amounting to Tk 1.35 crore to the contractors engaged in food supply.

Earlier, the contractors stopped supply on June 5 demanding payment of their arrears keeping the animals unfed for over 30 hours.

The zoo authorities at a meeting with the suppliers sought time till June 16 to pay their outstanding bills.

The suppliers at the meeting threatened that they would stop supplying food if their demand was not met by June 17.

But the authorities have failed to keep their words again.

One food supplier it is not possible for them to continue the food supply by their own money.

"We will be compelled to stop food supply if the authorities further failed to keep their promise," he added.

Curator of the zoo Mafizur Rahman said it would take more time to pay the outstanding bill, as they are yet to get money from authorities concerned.

He, however, hoped that they would be able to pay the bill by July 17.