The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has asked the Union government to issue an ordinance overruling a recent verdict of the Karnataka High Court that ratified the ban on the movement of vehicles during night through NH-212 (Kozhikode-Kollegal) and NH-67 (Ooty-Gundlupet) which pass through the Bandipur National Park.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, DYFI State secretary T.V. Rajesh said the Union government should intervene in the issue and find an immediate solution as it concerned people in more than one state.

Mr. Rajesh alleged that there was “serious negligence” on the part of MPs from the region, including M.I. Shanavas and M.K. Raghavan, on the issue.

He said traffic and trade between Karnataka and Kerala through these highways had a long history and a ban on night traffic would have a serious effect on several sectors, including tourism, of the State.

Mr. Rajesh said the federation had decided to strengthen its agitation in the coming days. It would organise road blockades of half an hour at 15 key spots on NH 212 and NH 67 from Nilambur to Gudallur from 5 p.m. on April 1.

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