Documentary spreads awareness on wildlife, conservation

Committed to champion the cause of wildlife, its safety and promotion, ‘Vanya – Let the Wild Be Wild’ which works under the aegis of the Nature Conservation Society has now come up with a documentary “Finding the middle path”.

Then documentary focuses on the ban on vehicular traffic at Bandipur Tiger Reserve and to educate the public about wildlife conservation.

The Kerala government has been demanding a survey of the 236-kilometre railway line passing through Nanjangud-Sultan Batheri-Nilambur. It may be mentioned here that the Karnataka government has banned night traffic through the Bandipur reserve and the forest gates are closed between 6 pm and 6 am.

Following this, the Kerala government has repeatedly stated that night traffic ban would affect its economy. Now Kerala is demanding a survey of the railway line while Karnataka has denied permission to the proposed railway line as 10.5 kilometres of prime area of Bandipur Tiger Reserve would be lost.

The documentary created by Vanya speaks about the need to conserve biodiversity of Bandipur as it has a large population of wild animals including tigers, leopards and elephants. The narration opens with a description on how the wildlife is dependent on the region and how night traffic has affected the wildlife. It presents various arguments in favour of alternative solutions to the problem.

The Kerala government has submitted options including using forest officials escorting convoys of vehicles through the forest at night and construction of flyovers and a railway line which are not viable. The documentary concludes on a note that wildlife must be provided more space in this small landscape.

Praveen, a trustee of the Nature Conservation Society, said: “We believe that participation of people living around the area is essential for wildlife conservation. The Karnataka government has already released Rs 48 crore to upgrade the alternative road passing via Hunsur-Gonikoppal-Kutta-Kartikulam which is only 30 kilometres and could be used at nights. Recent observations have also proved that travellers have already adjusted to the night time closure and let us provide space for the wild.”

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