The Indian government has begun considering the idea of opening up pet playparks in cities, as it seeks to attract tourists, the Times of London reported on Tuesday.
The proposal was discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said on Monday that he was in favour of opening the parks.
Pet playpark owners will be able to play, groom and even eat their animals.
“The idea is to open up the parks for people to enjoy the natural beauty of nature,” said a source in the Prime Minister’s Office, who declined to be named.
The prime minister, who is expected to visit the city of Pune later on Tuesday, has been campaigning for more parks in the country, a country of 4.3 billion people where only two million people are outdoors.
Earlier this month, he promised to set up a national park in Mumbai, the Indian capital, which is expected soon to become the world’s most populous city, with nearly three million people.
Modi, who has said he wants to see a national parks system in India, said he was keen to create a country where people enjoy nature.
“I am trying to make India a place where people can enjoy nature, where people are not confined to their homes,” he told a rally in the state of Maharashtra in March.
“A pet park will help us in achieving that,” he said.