Authorities imposed several restrictions, including speed limit of 40 kmph, along the national highway through the Kaziranga National Park in Assam in view of the probable flood situation in the area.
The Bokakhat sub-divisional magistrate imposed various restrictions under CrPC 144 in the stretch of NH-715 (old NH-37) starting from the Panbari animal corridor to district/sub-divisional western boundary near Bagori.
The official directed that no vehicle shall exceed the speed limit of 40 km per hour; no vehicle shall park along the national highway which may obstruct the safe passage of wild animals, birds, reptiles, etc. during migration; no harm/ injury shall be caused to wild animals, birds, reptiles etc. taking shelter on the national highway and no lethal weapon shall be carried in and around the Kaziranga National Park.
The order issued on June 6 stated that it has been reported that the water level in the Brahmaputra river is in a rising trend and that IMD has forecasted heavy monsoon rainfall in the region in the coming days.
“During high flood season, the wild animals of the Kaziranga National Park have a natural tendency to migrate for shelter towards the Karbi Anglong Hills thereby crossing the national highway. While migrating, there is every likelihood of wild animals falling prey to the hands of miscreants or meeting with accidents that may put the lives of passengers as well as wild animals at risk. There are sufficient grounds to regulate the speed of the vehicles and impose restrictions in the scheduled area, so as to protect human lives and wild animals, do hereby impose restrictions in the exercise of the powers conferred U/S 144 CrPC,” said the order.
The order has come into force from June 6 and will remain in force until further order.