Ganesh Kumar's statement on night traffic ban on NH 212

The Wayanad Samrakshana Samithi, a pro-Left organisation, has demanded that the government give up its plan to reintroduce the ban on parking of vehicles along National Highway-212 inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS).

C.K. Saseendran, convener of the organisation, told mediapersons here on Thursday that such a move would adversely affect a case in the Supreme Court related to the demand for withdrawal of ban on night traffic on the segment of NH-212 that passes through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.

Recently, State Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar had announced that the government would consider restoring the ban on parking of vehicles along the NH-212 with public support and through awareness programmes.

Mr. Saseendran alleged that the Minister’s announcement was part of a conspiracy with the assistance of some Forest officials to implement the night traffic ban on the segment of NH-212 in Kerala. The move should be withdrawn, he said.

He demanded that the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment give up the move to demarcate ecologically sensitive zones around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Such a move would adversely affect the development of the district and the lives of villagers living on the fringes of the sanctuary, Mr. Saseendran said.

The issue could be solved amicably if the government declared the buffer zones of the sanctuary as eco sensitive zones, he said.

Mr. Saseendran said the Samithi would not cooperate with a committee constituted by the government to discuss the issue with the people.

The committee comprised only the ruling front MLAs; no opposition MLAs or MLAs from the district had been included on the committee, he said.