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Wayanad-Bandipur elevated road proposal by Kerala govt sparks outrage among activists in Mysuru

Mysuru: The proposal by the Union ministry of highway transport and highways to construct an elevated highway connecting Kerala and Karnataka by scything through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve had induced popular outrage among environmentalists and natural world activists in the state. To categorical their opposition to the proposed venture, many citizen teams and environmental organisations staged one protest after any other in December and January. At a time when it seemed as despite the fact that the directors had heeded public opinion in Karnataka, the proposal by the Kerala govt to bear half the price of the Wayanad-Bandipur elevated highway has reignited fears among conservationists of the lush forests, which could also be some of the final last habitats of tigers, being subjected to further fragmentation.
Thomas Issac, the Kerala finance minister who tabled the budget, stated that citizens of Wayanad, a border the town in the neighbouring state, had for lengthy grappled with poor connectivity to other towns and towns, and posited the elevated highway to Bandipur by means of the woodland because the solution to this longstanding downside. Issac announced that the Kerala govt would supply Rs 450 to Rs 500 crore in opposition to the venture.

The proposal, many environmentalists believe is Kerala’s refined method of applying force at the Karnataka govt, which scrapped the venture in the wake of public protests in Bengaluru and Mysuru.

The environmentalists have charged the Kerala govt with criminal impropriety, declaring that the topic was in the Supreme Court, to not mention Karnataka’s rejection of the proposal on multiple occasions.

Ok Bhagyalakshmi, an environmental activist based totally out of Mysuru, alleged the function of building mafia at the back of Kerala govt’s determination to move forward with the venture. “Wild animals that can be affected do not have a voice to protest. Bandipur woodland is exclusive in more ways than one. How can the federal government propose initiatives that can adversely impact the surroundings?” she asked.

Questioning the rationale at the back of the venture, Bhagyalakshmi stated, “Who needs this venture. Why can’t our elected representatives perceive the importance of shielding natural world. Kerala govt’s proposal is a sad development.” Bhagyalakshmi stated that the activists would not take their foot off the pedal so far as the agitations had been concerned. “All people need forests and natural world. The survival of the woodland is essential even to Kerala,” she added.

Wildlife First trustee and some of the petitioners in the Supreme Court Praveen Bhargav informed TOI, “Kerala Government must comply with constitutional imperatives of shielding forests and natural world ahead of committing massive sums of public money in the budget for the disastrous Bandipur elevated highway proposal which has already been rejected by each Karnataka govt and the National Tiger Conservation Authority have rejected the venture.”

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