Kerala

Pinarayi takes up night traffic ban with Union Ministers

State hopeful of proactive stance from Central government on National Highway-766 night traffic

The Centre may adopt a proactive stance to revoke the night traffic ban on the forest stretch of Kozhikode-Kollegal National Highway -766 passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held discussions on Tuesday with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in Delhi on the need to lift the night traffic ban. Suresh Thaloor, general convener of the National Highway 766 Transport Protection Action Committee and a member of the delegation in Delhi, told The Hindu that the Chief Minister brought the seriousness of the situation to the attention of the Ministers.

The delegation would meet the Union Ministers along with Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Wednesday to bring the hardships of the people of both the States following the traffic ban to the attention of the Ministers, Mr. Thaloor said.

Mr. Thaloor urged the Ministers to revoke the restrictions and that an alternative route for the NH was not acceptable to the State.

Expert panel

The Union Ministers agreed to constitute an expert panel to study the issue, which was under the consideration of the Supreme Court, and its report would be brought to the attention of the court, Mr. Vijayan told the delegates.

Meanwhile, the indefinite hunger strike launched by a group of youths, belonging to various political outfits against the nine-hour traffic ban on NH 766, entered the seventh day on Tuesday. Despite heavy showers, thousands of students from schools in the district took out a rally at Sulthan Bathery to express solidarity with the agitation.

Various organisations, including farmer and trader organisations from the district and from the neighbouring districts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, reached Sulthan Bathery to extend their support to the agitation.

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