NTCA tiger traffic ban

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India – The New Indian Express

NTCA to support Bandipur traffic ban.

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Officials of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will submit its affidavit to the Supreme Court agreeing to the proposal to strengthen and upgrade the alternative Mysuru- Mananthwadi Road via Gonikuppa.

While the NTCA, in its affidavit, is proposing to upgrade the alternative road to national highway standards, in the next step, it will propose putting some restrictions on the movement of vehicles on this road during night hours as it passes through the buffer zone of Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

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The Indian tiger authority NTCA supports an alternative route to move traffic out of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

This case is a true Human Tiger Conflict.

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Tiger crossing road

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India – Times of India

Disturbances from road affect wildlife: Study.

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Road-related disturbances can influence presence of species in adjacent forest areas, a study by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, has found.

The study titled ‘Road effect zones of major prey species in roaded landscapes in India’ is part of a larger road ecology research project being conducted by WII. The results were presented by senior research fellow with the project Akanksha Saxena at the annual research seminar at WII recently.

The research project aims to assess ecological impact of roads on wildlife and is based in three important landscapes — Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong (Assam), Nagarhole-Bandipur (Karnataka), and Central India (Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh) tiger corridors including roads around Navegaon-Nagzira, Tadoba and Kanha-Pench tiger reserves.

According to the study carried out on road segments passing through forests, roads can reduce chance of some species inhabiting forest areas up to 500 metres from the road, an area that is ecologically called ‘road-effect zone’.

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The presence of roads near or in wildlife habitat has en effect on wildlife, shows a study in India.

The effects vary, from species inhabiting (or not) forest areas near roads to the total absence of e.i. prey of tigers (like sambar deer and chital).

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Captive US Tigers

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USA – National Geographic

Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It's a problem.

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Their squawks echoed from inside the neat, ranch-style home, sounding more like parrots than tiger cubs. Then James Garretson carried Hulk into the living room, where the McCabe family waited on the couch. The kids giggled as he placed the squirming cub on nine-year-old Ariel’s lap and pushed a baby bottle into its mouth. “Hold the bottle, just like that. You got it?” She nodded.

Everyone beamed, fondling Hulk’s rough, striped fur as Garretson hovered nearby. The 12-week-old, cocker spaniel-size cat clutched the bottle in his oversize paws, sucking with wild enthusiasm. When the bottle was empty, the cub wandered onto the coffee table and swatted our photo gear.

Garretson lured him back with another bottle to give Ariel’s five-year-old brother, James, a turn. Then the rambunctious cub leaped off the sofa, grabbed me from behind, gripped my legs with surprising strength, and tore five-inch scratches into my thighs. He sank his claws in and held on. Garretson peeled him off, and all made light of it with nervous laughs. Playful. Just acting like a kitten.

 

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Next to China and Thailand the United States of America is displaying an absolute disrespect to tigers, an endangered animal.

This excellent article not only gives an insight of how tigers are abused but also how the black market is growing and growing, even with trade lines to Thailand and China.

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NH766 Tiger Highway

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India – Mongabay

Much ado about a highway.

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T. Balachandra, Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Project Tiger, Bandipur, is a worried man. Close on the heels of a massive protest in neighbouring Kerala, over the rumoured closure of the highway that connects it with Karnataka through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, he had to oversee the capture of a tiger that had strayed into a village in the Gopalaswamy Betta range of the Bandipur reserve and killed a dozen cattle and two men, causing panic all around.

He does not see both these cases as mutually exclusive. “A highway through the park is a linear intrusion and a huge stressor for the animals. There are ecological impacts to it. It’s not just about roadkills,” he says, adding that human-animal conflict was on the rise in the villages on the peripheries of the reserve. “The department has paid Rs 1.5 crore (Rs. 15 million) as compensation for the crop damaged by the animals apart from the ex-gratia paid for deaths from the conflict,” he added.

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A highway that runs through a tiger reserve divides India. Students want to keep the road because it shortens their travel time and conservationists want to have an alternative road, backed up by a court verdict.

Let’s hope there will be a solution soon.

Tiger road kill

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India – OnManorama

Explained | Why people in Wayanad protest traffic ban through Bandipur Tiger Reserve?

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Protests have been raging in Kerala’s Wayanad district to lift the night traffic ban on the 19-km
stretch of the National Highway-766 passing through Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
 
The hunger strike by leaders of various political parties entered 12th day on Sunday. On October 1, thousands of students and farmers went on a protest march in solidarity with the hunger strike. The agitation hogged national headlines when Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi visited the protesters and offerred them support on Sunday.
 

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People protest against a night traffic ban and some even do a hunger strike. Why? The night traffic ban afffects their life: they have less time to get to work or school or to go home.

The Indian Supreme Court already ordered to create an alternate road. Even though protests go on.

People suspect that lobbyists of interest groups like ginger, resort, havala, gold, merchandise and religions are behind the protests.

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China Belt and Road Inititiative

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Australia – ABC News

China's Belt and Road Initiative will pose serious threat to South-East Asian wildlife, conservationists warn.

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Beijing’s multi-trillion-dollar project to connect China with Europe and Africa is slated to cut through large swathes of forest and run close to dozens of biodiversity hotspots, sparking fears of habitat destruction and wildlife extinction.

The initiative, which promises to be the largest in human history, involves more than 7,000 projects spanning 72 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.

Hundreds of roads and railways will be built to facilitate trade and bind China’s economy to two-thirds of the world’s population.

But research has revealed 60 per cent of the biodiversity across the three continents could be damaged, with impacts ranging from forest fragmentation to outright destruction.

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China is conquering the world with ingeneous tactics. One strategic element is the construction of roads and trains.

Many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa already signed agreements with China, like India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The result will be that up to 60 per cent of habitats will be affected. Sometimes fragmentation, sometimes even complete destruction. With the availability of roads and railroads poaching will become more easy too.

Please be aware of this and inform people you know that love wildlife too.

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Gandhi, Rahul
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India – Hindustan Times
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Rahul To Visit Wayanad To Support Youth Protesting Ban On Night Travel.

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All political parties in Wayanad have come together to form an action council and launched an indefinite strike saying night travel ban has crippled their lives. The movement of traffic through the forest was banned from 9 pm to 6 am in an effort to reduce disturbance to wildlife.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will arrive in his constituency in Wayanad on Tuesday to meet the people who are on hunger strike in Sultan Bathery against the ban on night commuting along the Kozhikkode-Bangaluru National Highway 766 that passes through the Bandipur tiger reserve.

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In Indian state Karnataka a road crosses a tiger reserve. There is a ban to drive at nights. Young people say it affects their lives and are on hunger strike.

There is a legal battle to lift the ban but the Supreme Court supports the tiger reserve: the ban must stay. The Supreme Court asked authorities to develop an alternate route.

Politicians always use these kinds of situations to gain voters. In this case congress leader Rahul Gandhi is supporting the hunger strikers. But in doing so he lets tigers down.

Maybe he’d better use his influence to speed up the process to create an alternate road?

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Amrabad tiger

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India – Times of India

Telangana Forest Dept Against Chopping 15,000 Trees In Amrabad Tiger Reserve For Highway.

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While chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday assured on the state assembly floor that his government will not give permission for uranium mining in Nallamala forest, the environmentalists are now demanding the government not to give permission for the expansion of the national highway.

The Telangana Forest Department is against the cutting of around 15,000 trees for expansion of National Highway that passes through the Amrabad Tiger Reserve. As the user agency, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) started marking the trees that are likely to be chopped off for expanding the road.

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The Telangana forest department opposes the killing of 15,000 trees for a road.

Logical.

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Tiger on the road
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India – Deccan Herald

Bandipur: Centre Gets 4 Weeks On Alternative Road.

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A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant also allowed Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, along with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to file its response in the matter. The top court on August 7
directed that the ban on night traffic would continue to operate.
 
The Supreme Court on Friday gave additional four weeks time to the Centre to respond to its suggestion for developing an alternative route as the national highway in order to ensure that the roads passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve are shut permanently.

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The saga of the road through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve continues as the Supreme Court gave 4 additional weeks to create an alternative road.

How easy can it be: no roads through tiger habitat (protected or not).

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Kerinci tiger habitat

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USA/Indonesia – Mongabay

A Tiger Refuge In Sumatra Gets A Reprieve From Road Building.

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The rainforests that once carpeted Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, rhino and orangutan. They are also among the most imperiled; in just two decades, between 1990 and 2010, Sumatra lost 40 percent of its old-growth forest. The tigers, rhinos and orangutans that roamed those forests are now critically endangered.

Much of the intact forest that remains is protected, at least nominally, in a series of National Parks, and, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS).

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Indonesia has to do so much more to save its top tiger reserve Kerinci Seblat.

This article gives an excellent insight on how a beautiful nature area is being wasted by agriculture, logging, mining and poaching.

Please step up Indonesia!

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Road tigers

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India – Deccan herald

Bandipur: Greens Oppose Kerala's Elevated Highway.

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Even as the Kerala government is still pressing for elevated highway along the Bandipur national park, environmentalists are strongly opposing it, citing that even the Supreme Court suggested a permanent closure of the stretch as it passed through the buffer zones of the tiger reserve.
 
According to environmentalists, the SC suggested total traffic ban along NH 212/766 in due course considering various aspects like the Wildlife Protection Act and reports of National Tiger Conservation Committee. Hence, there was no justification
for the Kerala government still batting for an elevated highway, which was earlier opposed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Commentary

The Indian Supreme Court suggested a permanent closure of a highway as it passed through the buffer zones of a tiger reserve.

Despite this the government of indian state Kerala is still pressing to get an elevated highway – despite much opposition of caring NGOs.

Why the Kerala government is ignoring the Supreme Court is unknown.

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