August 2018
9:35 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
National News
Centre pressures Karnataka on Bandipur night traffic ban, CM not convinced
(BENGALURU, Aug 02, 2018):With the Union Ministry of Road and Transport (MoRT) trying to convince Karnataka to open NH-212 passing through Bandipur Tiger Reserve, for night traffic, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has assured the forest officials of abiding by the earlier government’s decision to continue with the ban from 9 pm to 6 am.

In a recent letter to the Chief Secretary, MoRT Secretary Y S Malik has come out with a ‘series of measures’ for opening the highway 24x365 days, thereby, ignoring its own expert committee report. The measures suggested in the Bandipur Core Zone for 25 km include building of four elevated roads, widening of highway to 15 metres, 8-feet-high steel wire fencing, etc.

Since 2010, Karnataka has been opposing lifting of the night traffic ban while Kerala has been putting pressure on Karnataka. Although successive CMs — B S Yeddyurappa, D V Sadananda Gowda, Jagadish Shettar and Siddaramaiah have resisted this move — the Centre continues to put enormous pressure, say activists.

Recently, a committee under the Chairmanship of MoRT was formed with NTCA as one of the members which, after field inspection, submitted that the night traffic ban should continue.

Thrashing the MoRT’s arguments, activist Santhosh says, “Police statistics highlight that human accidents have reduced by 50 per cent after the night ban. Further, an alternative road (Hunsur-Gonikoppa-Kutta-Mananthavady) was developed at a cost of `75 crore only on Kerala’s request. Based on High Court orders, the alternative road was repaired.

Now, MoRT makes false claims that substantial parts of the alternative road passes is hilly terrain. Why did Kerala request for the development of an alternative road? Did the hilly terrain suddenly crop up?” The measures suggested are not feasible as these have proved inefficient both in the past and also on the Kanha-Pench corridor (NH 7), where similar measures were implemented. Imagine the highway expansion to 15 metres with two carriageways. This would surely be a death knell to wildlife in Bandipur said Santosh.


The state forest department has opposed any move to lift the night ban in Bandipur and does not favour measures like flyovers at regular intervals or underpasses. A senior forest official told TNIE, “The chief minister has assured that night closure in Bandipur will continue and the state government opposes the Centre’s suggestion of going in for mitigation measures at NH-212 in Bandipur.”


The prevailing conditions do not permit any changes, says the MoRT/NTCA report. It highlights that no transporters are put to hardship or no vehicles pile up at the entry gates at night times.

SC judges to contribute to Kerala flood relief fund
Rahul Gandhi Demands More Fund, Kiren Rijiju Says 'no Politics'
West Bengal govt to give Rs 10 crore for Kerala flood relief: Mamata Banerjee
Swami Agnivesh assaulted on way to pay homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi
Water level of Mullaperiyar to be reduced to 139 feet, orders SC
Lead Us, DMK Leaders Tell Stalin, Day After Brother Alagiri's Message
No income generated from YI-National Herald transaction: Sonia Gandhi to HC
Somnath Chatterjee dies at 89
No more free insurance for train travel, opt out or pay up: Railways
HC extends bail period of Lalu Prasad till Aug 20
Kejriwal accuses Centre of not taking steps to check crimes against women
Rajnath assures Kerala CM all help to deal with floods; to visit Sunday
DCW asks WCD ministry, SW dept to give details of shelter homes in Delhi
Setback for Jaypee Group, SC orders fresh resolution process against JIL
Harivansh elected Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, members say he must protect opposition interests
Security upped as Maharashtra braces for Maratha bandh today
Rafale row: Opposition trying to malign Centre, says Sitharaman
RS deputy chairman polls: BJD to back NDA's candidate
Karunanidhi’s health declining, next 24 hours crucial, says latest medical bulletin; India prays for DMK chief
Kashmir on edge ahead of Supreme Court hearing on Article 35A today
Amala Paul injured while filming a stunt sequence for Adho Andha Paravai Pola
 Chennai: Actress Amala Paul met with an accident while shooting a stunt sequence for her upcoming mo  
Deepveer to tie the knot on November 20 in Italy
Maradona - People will love this guy
Kinavalli - Where six friends and a ghost meet
6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's Lombok
 (Lombok, Aug 17, 2018):An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 on Richter scale rocked the island of L
12 of Imran’s 21 cabinet members held key posts during Musharraf regime
Imran Khan Elected New Pakistan PM, Seen In Tears After Vote
'He's innocent': US threatens more sanctions on Turkey if pastor not freed
Special Assembly session on August 30
 Thiruvananthapuram: The Cabinet meet held today decided to summon a special Assembly session on Augu
Kerala teen gets arrested for spreading fake news
UAE offers Rs 700 crore for Kerala
When nature let us go there, I plan to help people rebuild their homes, says Rohini
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.