November 20th, 2011
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Night traffic ban at Bandipur; no discussions with Kerala

Bandipur national parkBandipur: Karnataka has stated that they have no intentions to have any talks with Kerala regarding the ban on night traffic on the two National Highways that pass through the Bandipur National Park.Karnataka Government on November 15, decided to extend the duration of traffic ban on Gundlupet-Ooty (NH-67) and Gundlupet-Wayanad (NH-212) routes by three hours, making it a 12-hour ban between 6 pm and 6 am. This decision came at a time when the top officials of both the states where supposed to sit down for talks regarding the night ban.

In October last month, a baby elephant had died after a speeding truck collided with the animal that was trying to cross the road. Under the given circumstances the Karnataka Government has come to the conclusion that night traffic would affect the life of wild animals. The letter to ban night traffic comes at a time when the case regarding this dispute is under trial in the Supreme Court.



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