Ban on traffic: Wayanad DC skips meeting

However, the district collector of Wayanad did not attend the meeting citing some reasons.

The meeting, discussed in detail, various alternatives that are acceptable to all the parties concerned, as well as protection of the wildlife in the national park. Madhumalai forests Field Director Rajeshwar and District Collector of Ooty Anand Patil, both from Tamil Nadu, attended the meeting. From Karnataka, Chamarajnagar Deputy Commissioner Manojkumar Meena and Deputy Conservator of Forests of Bandipur (Project Tiger) Dr Raju were present.

According to highly placed sources, the meeting decided to implement the orders in a phased manner by taking all the parties concerned into confidence. To begin with, they decided to put road rumbles to check rash and negligent driving, book cases for drunken driving, check on overspeeding and signage all along the highways that pass through the national park.

The officials of the two States had consensus over ban on movement of heavy vehicles, though only after taking everybody into confidence.

The sources pointed out that there was no objection for the orders on banning movement of vehicles through Bandipur National Park from Tamil Nadu government, since Tamil Nadu too had taken similar decisions to protect wildlife in other sanctuaries. It was Kerala government which took strong objection to the ban orders and tried to make it as inter-state issue.

91 animals killed in a year

The sources said that field director of Mudhumalai was shocked when Rajkumar, a wildlife enthusiast, disclosed that as many as 91 animals had been killed in the hit-and-run cases on the two national highways that pass through Bandipur National Park, in the last one year.

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