Green Tribunal summons Kaziranga Park Director

GUWAHATI:– Will the animals of KNP get justice?  The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed the Director of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) to remain present before it on April 15 next.

April 15 is fixed as the next date for hearing the case on Kaziranga (MA No 687 of 2013, MA No 1070 of 2013 and MA No 142 of 2014 in the Original Application No 174 of 2013, Rohit Choudhury Vs Union of India and Others).

 

Rohit Choudhury today pleaded with the NGT that the Jakhalabandha-Bokakhat stretch of the National Highway-37 should be closed for night traffic between 7 pm and 6 am, during the peak monsoon months of June to September.

 

Explaining his point, Choudhury said that during this time, the maximum mortality takes place on account of the KNP animals’ bid to escape from the floods occurring in the Park.

 

There should be a total restriction on the movement of trucks on the NH-37. Cars, other than the ones plying locally between Jakhalabandha and Bokakhat, should also be subjected to such restrictions.

 

However, emergency services like ambulances and fire services should be allowed to move during that period, he said.

 

The night buses which connect Guwahati and other places with the other cities or places of NE region, may be allowed to operate at night only if they follow the ‘convoy system’.

 

With respect to the non-flood season, he said there should be strict speed restrictions. The existing speed of 40 km is on the higher side and should be restricted to 30 km.

 

Speed cameras should be installed and the Forest Department should be obliged to display on the website as to the number of vehicles against which actions have been initiated, he pleaded.

 

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