Don’t drive rashly in Kaziranga, you may end up paying Rs 5K, says NGT
The green tribunal asked the Assam government and the Kaziranga National Park’s director about the number of animals that have died because of vehicular movement along the national highway near the park.india Updated: May 17, 2017 14:51 IST
Any vehicle found over-speeding inside the Kaziranga National Park will have to pay an environment compensation of Rs 5,000 besides a challan under the Motor Vehicles Act, the National Green Tribunal said on Wednesday.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after the director of the park, who was present, informed that four animals have died since January this year despite installation of sensor- operated automated traffic barriers to prevent such deaths.
“Why have these animals died despite installation of barriers? You should take effective measures to stop these animal casualties.
“Every vehicle which is challaned for over-speeding will have to pay an environment compensation of Rs 5,000 per accident over and above the challan as prescribed under the MV Act,” the bench said.
Earlier, the bench had asked the Assam government and the director of the Kaziranga National Park to inform it on how many animals have died because of vehicular movement along the highway.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by environmentalist Rohit Choudhury opposing the expansion of NH-37 which passes from Jakhalabandha to Bokakhat through the Kaziranga park.
The NGT had earlier ordered demolition of roadside shops and eateries along the animal corridors near Kaziranga, among a slew of directions in the wake of increasing wildlife casualties due to vehicular movement on the adjacent highway.
The Gauhati High Court, however, had stayed the order on demolishing shops and dhabas located within 100 metres of National Highway 37.
The green panel had also asked the Assam government to ensure fixation of sensor-operated automatic barriers at the animal corridors and ascertain whether speed-check cameras were in working condition or not.
It had also directed the Union ministry to take clear instructions as to whether or not it proposed to issue any draft notification in regard to Kaziranga Eco Sensitive Zone.