NEW DELHI - The National Green Tribunal Mar. 20 directed that no traffic would be permissible on the roads used by animals as corridors along the Kaziranga National Park for five hours daily. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also directed the Assam government to "immediately" release funds given by the Centre for protection and improvement of Kaziranga.
The counsel for the state told the bench that government would fix cameras on all the six sections to ensure that the vehicles passing through that area do not exceed the prescribed speed limit of 40 km per hour. The tribunal had earlier said that death of wild animals and reptiles on the 18-km-long stretch was a cause of concern. The Tribunal was hearing a plea filed by activist Rohit Choudhury opposing expansion of the NH-37 stretch running through the national park claiming that "continued unregulated use of NH-37 is leading to death of wild animals and reptiles in large numbers in road accidents". (PTI)