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03 October 2015

India: 'Smart' Move? For Free Wi-Fi for Hyderabad Zoo


"In some cases we have witnessed that bees and smaller animals that are primarily responsible for pollination in plants lose their sense of direction due to radiation. In such cases it is very difficult for an animal to adapt to the intrusive developmental activities taken up by humans," a member of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature said.

‘Smart’ move? For free WiFi head for Hyderabad zoo

nyoooz.com, 3 October 2015

Summary: HYDERABAD: The state government, it appears, is taking its task of turning Hyderabad into a 'smart' city too seriously. What is the need for WiFi in a place like a zoo," questioned Mohd Osman, a member of the Save Animals Organisation. What else explains why it has set up WiFi routers at Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park so as to offer visitors free internet services. Their explanation: The virtual world is a must-have for people these days, even while taking a leisurely stroll in the zoo. "Citing past scientific studies, wildlife experts point out how the electromagnetic field emitted by these WiFi antennas can be harmful for the animals at the zoo.

HYDERABAD: The state government, it appears, is taking its task of turning Hyderabad into a 'smart' city too seriously. What else explains why it has set up WiFi routers at Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park so as to offer visitors free internet services. Clearly, this 'hi-tech' move couldn't have been aimed at benefiting the caged creatures of the zoo, after all. Officials manning the park admit that the add-on feature is intended to attract more footfalls. Their explanation: The virtual world is a must-have for people these days, even while taking a leisurely stroll in the zoo. That experts find this justification outright baseless sure doesn't seem to bother them. "Do the authorities expect the animals to use internet services now? What is the need for WiFi in a place like a zoo," questioned Mohd Osman, a member of the Save Animals Organisation. His other worry: "Free WiFi would also mean that people visiting the enclosure will end up spending more time staring into their phones rather than looking at the animals." Citing past scientific studies, wildlife experts point out how the electromagnetic field emitted by these WiFi antennas can be harmful for the animals at the zoo. The emissions can adversely impact their natural defences, reproduction and behavioural responses, they warn. "Animals will be living in an environment where there is a lot of radiation. This could spell doom for them as there are chances that the radiation might affects the minds of smaller animals. Sometimes there are chances that an animal might begin to lose a few of its capabilities as well," said C Srinivasulu, head of zoology department, Osmania University. He reiterated how the presence of a WiFi router in close proximity to animal enclosures could hamper the growth of plants as well. "This would defeat the whole purpose of creating near-natural habitats for animals within the premises," he added. Then there are other issues. "In some cases we have witnessed that bees and smaller animals that are primarily responsible for pollination in plants lose their sense of direction due to radiation. In such cases it is very difficult for an animal to adapt to the intrusive developmental activities taken up by humans," a member of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature said. Experts, therefore, insisted that the 'smart' plan be implemented with caution. "Internet facility is provided to people in zoos located in the United Kingdom and Europe. But they are restricted to places of human congregation like cafes and entrance gates. This must be replicated in the city zoo as well. Officials must ensure that they do not place the internet routers near animal enclosures," warned Srinivasulu.

http://www.nyoooz.com/hyderabad/217331/smart-move-for-free-wifi-head-for-hyderabad-zoo

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