NUMALIGARH: Around 40 per cent of the total area of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has been reeling under the first wave of the flood this year. Areas under Burapahar, Kohora, Bagori and Agoratoli ranges have been affected more or less by the flood.
As flood hits Kaziranga, wild animals have come closer to human habitat, and are scrambling for patches of dry ground. During high floods, most of the Park animals cross the highway to go to the higher grounds in Karbi Anglong district which is on the other side of NH37.
The vehicles plying through the Park area from Jakhalabandha to Bokakhat have been asked to maintain a speed limit of 40 km per hour for the safety of the animals; and Section 144 of CrPC has been already imposed in this regard.
To minimize the causality of animal lives on the highway, the KNP authorities have undertaken a number of measures. Barricades have been set up in all the animal corridors on NH-37 throughout the national park.
The system of issuing 'Time Cards' to vehicles, has been also started since Saturday evening. Forest guards are patrolling on boats in the flooded areas inside the park. They are also patrolling on foot and vehicle across the NH-37 for giving the animals a safe passage to the higher grounds.
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