Move aimed at preventing motorists from creating a nuisance inside forests and nearby areas
By M.T. Yogesh Kumar
Mysuru, Dec. 5- The next time you plan a fun trip to Nagarahole National Park and its surrounding forest areas, beware. For, a team of Forest Department officers will closely watch your activities and take suitable action against you under the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act if you are caught violating any rule.
Fed up with the spurt in the incidents of tourists indulging in activities that disturb wildlife, officers at the Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) have decided to apply brakes on such activities. Armed with advanced tabs, forest officers are now closely watching vehicle movements at entry and exit points at all check-posts and even record the timing the vehicles take to cross a particular stretch.
Keeping in mind the survival and safety of wild animals, the Forest Department has banned vehicles on the roads including highways inside the park between 6 pm and 6 am. This rule is stringently enforced and is based on the Supreme Court ruling. Following the implementation of the rule, night travellers now take the route via Hunsur and Veeranahosalli and enter Kodagu through Karmad. They reach the border of the forests through Nanachi and Kutta roads that leads to Kerala.
Though it is a longer route, there are frequent animal sightings at Moorkal range of the Nagarahole National Park and the wayward ways of visitors disturbed the wildlife. The stretch is deserted after 6 pm and is used by some people to park their vehicles and consume alcohol. Often, many inebriated visitors have been caught by the patrolling teams of the Forest Department creating nuisance inside the jungles. The Department staff are left with no option but to warn and let off nuisance creators.
Forest officers are now using the tabs at Veeranahosalli, Karmad, N...more