Traffic and Tourists: Bane of Bandipur [%new%]
News Credit: Garima Singh, III year, B.A. LLB (Hons.)
Date: August 18, 2014
The increase in vehicle movement on National highway 67 cutting across Bandipur National Park in will have a negative impact on wildlife unless efforts are made to regulate tourism. Though the ban on the movement of vehicles through Bandipur from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. has helped reduce human disturbance in wildlife area and reduced the death rate of animals from average of four per month to two in the last six months, however, the number of vehicles during daytime has increased over the years. One vehicle passes through the park every 41 seconds. A majority of them are private vehicles from Bangalore and Mysore heading towards Ooty.
More pollution would be caused due to proposed widening of NH 212 because a wider road could add to the density inside the national park. Also there is chaos during safari for the availability of resorts on the periphery of the National Park. Further, day by day, tourists are increasing whereas safari is limited to 66 trips per day. Thus, online booking of forest guesthouse and safari create disproportionate crowd at Bandipur.
 R. Krishna Kumar, Traffic and Tourists, bane of Bandipur, The Hindu, 5 (August 18, 2014).