Night traffic ban at Bandipur upheld
Bandipur is a forested area that is not just a heaven for tigers and wildlife, but also a pride of Karnataka. However for the last few years, traffic on the highway that cuts across the area, especially during nights, had endangered the wildfire here as the vehicles would kill animals as they strayed on the highway. In what comes as a major victory to Karnataka, the Supreme Court countenanced the ban on night traffic, putting an end to the litigation in which states like Kerala wanted the ban to be lifted as essential commodities would be transported through this route. The ban is not just about killing of wild animals. As per the website of Conservation India (owned by Sanjay Gubbi, assistant director, Wildlife Conservation Society), the reasons are:
> 1. Disruption of wildlife corridors
> 2. Modification of animal behaviour, affecting natural movement patterns
> 3. Spread of invasive exotic plant species such as Parthenium and Eupatorium
> 4. Increased use of forest areas by humans for illegal activities such as timber smuggling, wildlife poaching, illegal transport of livestock and sand mining.
> Please follow the link below to read more on this victory for tigers and all wildlife