PCMC’s Pimple Saudagar Dog Park to Undergo Outsourcing, Entry Fees on the Horizon

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is set to outsource its widely frequented dog park in Pimple Saudagar, marking a new phase for the beloved canine haven. The civic body has invited expressions of interest from private entities to gauge the potential for external management, while also announcing the implementation of entry fees starting next week.

The decision to outsource the facility comes after a trial period during which the response from citizens and pet parents was closely observed. Sandip Khot, Deputy Commissioner of PCMC, revealed, “The response is good with over 80 pet parents visiting on weekdays and around 120 visitors on weekends. Following which we have decided to start the entry fees and outsource the facility.”

Opened on January 14 this year, the PCMC-run dog park spans 32,000 sq ft and features a range of amenities. The park operates during specific hours, from 6 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 9 pm, offering facilities such as a playground, varied mount areas for canines, a celebration point, a dog cafe, an amphitheatre, and a pet shop. To ensure the well-being of the four-legged visitors, the civic body has stationed a dog trainer, veterinary doctor, supervisor, and sanitary inspector at the park.

Entry fees will be introduced at the dog park, with a nominal fee structure of ₹20 for one person and one dog during both the morning and evening sessions. This step is seen as a measure to make the initiative self-sustainable and offset maintenance and operational expenses.

The PCMC has already initiated the process of seeking private management for the dog park by calling for expressions of interest. Two parties have shown interest, and a formal request for proposal is expected to follow.

Khot explained, “The park will be outsourced, and the private player can maintain the garden from the revenue received from the entry fees, café, shop, and events. The intention behind it is to make the initiative self-sustainable and save maintenance and running expenses.”

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