• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    Elevated corridor through Bandipur forest: Activists to protest central government proposal


    Bengaluru, Oct 23: Like-minded nature-lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and environment activists will stage a massive protest on October 27 at Maddur Gate in Bandipur Tiger Reserve against the proposed elevated corridor in forest land.

    The proposal to construct five stretches of elevated roads of 1-km each through the national park was first mooted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and was opposed by the State government following public protests.

    Elevated corridor through Bandipur forest: Activists to protest central government proposal

    However, recently the Centre once again submitted before the Supreme Court its proposal and went on to describe it as a fit case for keeping the road operational 24x7x365, which has triggered fresh outrage.

    Also Read | How tigers in Karnataka are falling prey to wild boar traps

    "The Centre cannot and should not take decisions that go against the interest of wild animals, forests and people of the State and made it clear that there was opposition to the revoking of night traffic ban as also construction of flyovers through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve as it would cause irreparable damage to the flora and fauna of the national park," activists said.

    Night traffic

    The existing traffic ban has been in effect since 2009 when the Karnataka High Court prohibited traffic flow after dark on NH-67 and NH-212 while hearing a case pertaining to roadkills of at least 215 animals being run over between 2004 and 2007. Most animals, including tigers and elephants, move freely and cross the highway during night time.Only emergency vehicles and 16 state buses are allowed in the stretch during 9pm-6am.

    Also Read | Cow-dung, changing rural economy fuelling man-carnivore conflict in Bandipur forest

    An alternative road has been developed through Hunsur-Gonikoppa-Kutta-Kartikula, which was only 30 km longer while another road via Konnur-Makuta-Madikeri-Kutta too had been developed and both were being used.

    For More Bengaluru News, Click Here

    More bengaluru NewsView All

    For Daily Alerts

    For Breaking News from Oneindia
    Get instant news updates throughout the day.

    Notification Settings X
    Time Settings
    Clear Notification X
    Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
    Settings X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more