Muralidhara Khajane

DC convenes meeting of senior officials

DCF submits report seeking traffic restriction

MYSORE: Chamarajanagar Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena has convened a meeting of senior officials from departments of Forest and Transport on June 15 to take a final decision on a proposal sent by the Forest Department to restrict the movement of vehicles on national highways 212 and 67 that pass through the Bandipur National Park.

Deputy Conservator of Forests (Project Tiger) Raju submitted a report to the Chamarajanagar district administration three months ago to restrict the movement of vehicles on the two highways from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. The movement of vehicles disturbed tranquillity and affected the behaviour of wild animals in the Bandipur National Park, the report said. In his report, Mr. Raju quoted the decision of Deputy Commissioner of Mysore P. Manivannan restricting the movement of vehicles from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Manandavadi Road that passes through the Nagarahole National Park based on the recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee. He observed that the initiative of Mr. Manivannan could be taken as a precedent and traffic may be banned on the two highways at night.

The report stated that disturbed by the movement of vehicles, wild animals entered human habitations near the Bandipur park. The restriction on traffic had been proposed in view of the increasing incidents of wild animals straying into human habitations.

Considering the escalating man-animal conflict, the DCF submitted the report to the district administration, sources said.

Mr. Meena said that a decision could not be taken because of the recent Lok Sabha elections. He said that he favoured restriction on the movement of vehicles on the two highways to protect wild animals.

“As the decision will have serious repercussions between the States, its pros and cons should be weighed. In view of this, a meeting has been convened on June 15,” he said.