BANGALORE: The Karnataka Forest Department, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts won a decisive round of battle before the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday when Keralas plea for lifting the ban on night traffic through the Bandipur National Park in Chamarajanagar district was rejected.
A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice B.S. Patil passed the order on a petition by the Kerala Government filed on August 14, 2009, and F.R. Fravesh and others seeking to lift the ban on night traffic on Muthanga-Gundlupet road.
While one of the roads passing through the park, National Highway 212 is from Mysore to Kalpetta via Sultan Bathery, the other, National Highway 67, is from Mysore to Gundlupet. With both roads being closed at night (from 9 p.m., to 6 a.m.), transporters had to choose alternative roads, Kerala said in its arguments.