CNP’s CCTV cameras fail to work as deterrent

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, RATNANAGAR (CHITWAN)

Jun 20, 2017-

Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed along the wildlife corridor, which connects Chure and Mahabharat Hills in Chitwan, have not been of much help, largely due to failure on the part of authorities to pay attention and lack of awareness among the general public. 

The CCTV cameras were installed last year. But out of 10 cameras installed only six are currently functional, and authorities have hardly initiated against those involved in anti-wildlife activities. For example, vehicles are not supposed to be parked along the corridor, which is between Bharatpur Metropolitan City and Ratnanagar Municipality along the East-West Highway. Drivers have been urged to drive slowly along the corridor so as not to disturb the wildlife. Open defecation is banned along the corridor. 

But no action seems to have been taken against the offenders despite CCTV camera footages captured the Armed Forest Guards Training Centre (AFGTC) showing vehicles parked haphazardly and people defecating in the jungle and on the roadsides, and wastes being thrown here and there. 

The Chitwan National Park (CNP) is the responsible body to act against such activities, said Tikauli forest ranger Saroj Kafle. 

There have been reports of wild animals getting killed in road accidents. But such incidents have hardly been captured by CCTV cameras. 

According to the AFGTC, the cameras at times are switched off or do not work due to outage. 

Ram Dayal Saha, a warrant officer, at the training centre, said that tough action 

should be taken against the offenders. 

Earlier a campaign was launched to aware drivers of the sensitivity of the wildlife zone. 

Ram Chandra Kandel, chief conservation officer at the CNP, admitted that there are some managerial weaknesses. 

He also called on all the stakeholders to pay attention to this aspect. 

Chitwan District Forest Officer Kedar Nath Poudel said the there are some technical problems—CCTV cameras do not work at night and some of them are out of order.

Published: 20-06-2017 08:38

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