In a recent development, Karnataka’s Forest Minister, Eshwar B Khandre, has addressed Kerala’s request to permit night traffic along the Bandipur-Sultan Bathery road that traverses the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The minister hinted at the possibility of allowing vehicles during nighttime in emergencies, stirring discussions on the delicate balance between conservation efforts and regional connectivity.
This proposal comes against the backdrop of Kerala advocating for the relaxation of restrictions on night traffic, particularly in the stretch passing through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The Bandipur reserve, known for its rich biodiversity and as a habitat for tigers, has been subject to stringent measures aimed at preserving its fragile ecosystem.
Minister Eshwar B Khandre’s statement adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing debate regarding wildlife conservation versus regional transportation needs. Striking a balance between ensuring the safety of wildlife and facilitating smooth travel for residents and tourists has been a longstanding challenge in this region.
While the minister did not provide detailed plans or timelines for the potential allowance of night traffic, the acknowledgment of the issue highlights the need for a comprehensive approach that considers both ecological preservation and public convenience.
The Bandipur-Sultan Bathery road is a crucial regional route, but it passes through a sensitive tiger reserve.
As discussions unfold, the decision will likely hinge on a nuanced understanding of the ecological impact, traffic management, and overall sustainability of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.