Mysuru, November 4:- A discussion of experts from Karnataka and Kerala, including wildlife experts, advocates, activists and others was held in the city on Sunday. They suggested to the authorities to maintain the present traffic restrictions at Bandipur instead of completely stopping vehicular movement in the forest area.
The Supreme Court had directed experts to discuss stopping of vehicular movement completely at Bandipur. The experts opined not to stop the vehicular movement completely keeping in mind the problems it might cause in Karnataka and Kerala.
“We get the required water only because of rain. Forests like Bandipur get us enough rain. We already lack drinking water. River Cauvery which was flowing throughout the year now flows only for 10 months. Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu are already affected by this. Everyone has to think about protecting the forest. Even if the day traffic can’t be stopped, the restriction on night traffic at Bandipur should continue,” said Major General (retired) S G Vombatkere.
Hotel Owners’ association president Narayana Gowda also favoured restrictions on night traffic but was okay with the daily traffic. (MR/KS)