A MALE TIGER INJURED IN HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT-
An adult male tiger was severely injured in a hit and run accident on NH-77. The accident occurred on a Saturday in a village near Agarzari in the buffer zone of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
- The tiger was attempting to cross the four-lane highway to get to the other side, during which it was hit by an unidentified motor vehicle.
- The tiger was rescued the next day by the Forest Department and then taken for treatment.
According to the Forest Department, there was a small tunnel for the animals to pass which the tiger did not notice.
- The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has constructed two 750 meters and one underpass for wildlife in the NH-7. These underpasses are evidently used by the wildlife animals to cross the highway.
After a few days of the tiger’s accident, another accident involving a deer took place in the nearby area.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPEED BREAKERS-
The park Management of the area has constructed speed-breakers for motor vehicles to slow down. These areas are inhabited by a lot of wildlife animals and they may be seen near the roadside sometimes. Hence, to avoid any accidents and animal injuries, the Park decided to construct speed-breakers.
DEMAND FOR NIGHT TRAFFIC BAN-
After the incident with the tigers took place, the Greens demanded the Forest officials ban the night traffic. There are kilometers long areas where the wildlife animals reside and according to them, banning motor vehicles to pass through them during the nighttime would prevent such accidents from happening.
- The State Wildlife Board member Bandu Dhotre asked the officials to ban the passing of vehicles in the wildlife-prone areas from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- He also suggested other precautionary measures like installing CCTV cameras at various points to record the vehicles at all times.
MEASURES TAKEN BY THE OFFICIALS-
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR)’s Deputy Director said that 44-speed breakers of a height of 20 centimeters each are being constructed on the highway. Each speed breaker will be at a distance of 1.6 kilometers.
“Work is already underway. The earlier speed breakers were of 10 centimeters height and not effective,” said the Deputy Director, G Guruprasad.