ANDHRA PRADESH

Traffic curbs to protect wild animals

S. Harpal Singh

Plan to restrict plying of heavy goods vehicles between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Move follows killing of wild animals of Kawwal sanctuary in accidentsCurbs to be imposed on Dandepalli-Khanapur and Utnoor-Jannaram roads

ADILABAD: Seized of the fact that a good number of wild animals in the Kawwal Wildlife Sanctuary are being killed in road accidents, the Adilabad District Forest and Wildlife Protection Committee has decided to restrict movement of heavy vehicles carrying goods on roads lying within the sanctuary.

The draft notification for curbs on goods traffic between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the Dandepalli-Khanapur road and the Utnoor-Jannaram road is ready for publication, according to Adilabad Divisional Forest Officer T.P. Thimma Reddy.

Timber smuggling

"Besides protection of wildlife, the restriction on movement of heavy goods vehicles will also check timber smuggling," Mr. Reddy pointed out.

Heavy vehicles carrying goods coming from Luxettipet will be stopped at Tallapet forest check-post in Jannaram mandal, those coming from Nirmal side towards Jannaram will be stopped at Pandavapur check-post in Kadem mandal and vehicles moving towards Jannaram from Utnoor side will be stopped at Kothaguda check-post near Utnoor.

Increasing accidents

The killing of a panther in January followed by four spotted deers on the Khanapur-Jannaram road in road accidents prompted the forest officials to put forth a proposal for restriction on traffic movement on the 35 km stretch between Tallapet and Pandavapur and 27 km stretch between Kothaguda and the point where the Utnoor road joins the Jannaram road.

Mr. Reddy said movement of wild animals within the sanctuary was becoming progressively hazardous because of the increasing traffic.

It was during night that wild animals forage for food and get involved in accidents.

The roads in question bisect the corridor of movement of animals making it dangerous for them.

Less traffic

Passenger traffic is comparatively low during night on these roads and hence it does not pose as serious a threat to the unsuspecting animals, he added.