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Traffic check in Kawal Tiger Reserve

S. Harpal Singh
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Safety measure:Workers burning dry leaves as part of fire line operations in the Kawal Tiger Reserve in Adilabad.—PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH
Safety measure:Workers burning dry leaves as part of fire line operations in the Kawal Tiger Reserve in Adilabad.—PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH

Concerned over the ever increasing vehicular traffic on roads passing through the Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) in Adilabad district, the government has issued orders restricting the speed limit to 30 km per hour. The first of its kind order, issued by Andhra Pradesh Chief Wildlife Warden A.V. Joseph, will be implemented soon on those stretches of Utnoor-Indhanpalli and Nirmal-Luxettipet roads which fall within the KTR. “This is necessary to make life more secure for the precious wild fauna here. The disturbance due to vehicular traffic needs to be drastically decreased for the convenience of the wild animals,” says Jannaram Divisional Forest Officer G. Rama Krishna Rao, about the latest development.

Speed-breakers

Among the steps already taken for reducing disturbance to animals is the Forest department getting the R&B lay six speed-breakers on these roads. “Four more will come up at other locations as per the decision of the State Wildlife Advisory Board headed by Speaker Nadendla Manohar,” the DFO points out.

“The Board has selected the spots for speed-breakers based on our survey of animal crossing points on the roads. Removal of the speed breakers needs the consent of the Board itself,” he adds, as he answers questions on complaints being received about the speed-breakers.

Fire line operations

The KTR management has also started fire line operations for the season which incorporate controlled burning away of dry leaves along the roads in question. The fire line runs about 10 metres deep in the forest along the edge of the road which will prevent break out of accidental fire and prevent damage to precious flora and fauna.

Drinking water

Preparations have also been made to provide drinking water to wild animals through cement saucers at about 40 places where the natural source cannot be improved. “Water will be filled in the saucers at regular intervals for making life a bit easier for wild animals here,” Mr. Rama Krishna Rao says.

To make life more secure and reduce disturbance for wild animals, speed limit on roads passing through the forest restricted to 30 km per hour


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