Help us in SC on Bandipur traffic ban: Chandy to Siddaramaiah

The Kerala government urged Karnataka Thursday to not oppose in the Supreme Court a proposal to allow movement of vehicles in convoys through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve,where a night ban on traffic is in force.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Bangalore | Published:October 4, 2013 3:39 am

The Kerala government urged Karnataka Thursday to not oppose in the Supreme Court a proposal to allow movement of vehicles in convoys through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve,where a night ban on traffic is in force.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy met his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah here to make the request.

“We have decided to approach the Supreme Court. We have requested the Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) to help us in court. I hope they will consider,” he said.

The issue of a 9 pm-to-6 am traffic ban in Bandipur is before the SC. The ban was imposed after many wild animals were killed by vehicles plying on the highway.

“Because of ban on night travel,people (in Wayanad and Kozhikode districts of Kerala returning from Mysore) face a lot of difficulties,” Chandy said.

He said there were four alternative routes — Mysore-Hunsur-Gonikoppa-Kutta-Kalpetta,Mysore-Bavali-Manathavady,Virajpet-Kannur and Mysore-Wayanad via Bylukuppe bridge.

Siddaramaiah said his government had released about Rs 49 crore for road works in these areas but passage via Bylukuppe faced environmental hurdles.

The meeting of the CMs decided to constitute a committee of Kerala and Karnataka officials to monitor road works on both sides.

Chandy said the states had decided to approach the Union Railway and Environment Ministries to clear the Nanjanagud-Nilambur rail line via Sultan Batheri,even as he acknowledged “there are some difficulties in environmental clearance”.

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