File Photo: Elephants cross NH-715 during floods at Kaziranga National Park

Assam government has imposed Section 144 CRPC at the animal corridor of the Kaziranga National Park.

As per the district administration order, vehicles will not be allowed to ply above the speed of 40 km per hour on the National Highway 715 (old NH-37) which passes through the Kaziranga National Park.

In the animal corridor at Panbari under the Bokakhat subdivision to Haldhibari, vehicles will not be allowed to speed more than 40 km per hour. The prohibitory order has come into force with immediate effect.

Heavy vehicles are not allowed to be parked in front of the hotels and restaurants along the National Highway in the restricted area.

The first wave of floods hit Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve on July 2, the Times of India had reported. Park authorities said due the rising of water level of the Brahmaputa in the past few days, floodwaters have entered the park for the first time this year.

“Due to the rising of water level in Brahmaputa, some low lying areas in Kaziranga have been affected by floods. This is for the first time this year that floodwaters have entered the park periphery. Our preparations are on to tackle the situation,” an unnamed forest official in Kaziranga was quoted as saying in the TOI report.

Every year, floods, which is an annual feature in Assam, inundates more than 80 per cent of the park area which forces animals in the park to look for higher grounds along the national highway for a safe shelter.

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