Wildlife movement hampered by vehicles

- PAWAN YADAV, BHARATPUR

May 31, 2014-

The Chitwan National Park (CNP) is preparing to implement a provision barring vehicles from stopping on the Gondrang-Tikauli biological corridor in a bid to create a conducive environment for wild animals to stroll freely, officials said.

Ramesh Thapa, assistant conservation officer at the CNP, said they are also coming up with other ideas to conserve wildlife at the park. “We are preparing to set a timeframe for drivers to ply on the corridor,” he said.

Movement of wild animals in Chitwan National Park has been affected due to the noisy environment and dense traffic on the Gondrang-Tikauli corridor, stakeholders say.

Activities like honking, speeding, stopping vehicles haphazardly, knocking down wild animals and littering are some of the factors hampering the wildlife, Thapa added. He said over a dozen wild animals were killed as a result of being hit by vehicles while many have been poached.

Although the corridor is declared a no parking area, the move is yet to be implemented. CDO officer Narendraraj Sharma said drivers being unaware of the traffic rules have made the situation worse. Hoarding boards without premits in the area have been removed and that boards reading ‘no parking’ have been installed.

Published: 01-06-2014 09:14

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