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Assam struggles to protect wildlife from accidents on Kaziranga highway

Government has expressed its inability to adopt suggested technical measures to curb animal casualties
The state government, which in 1991 promised to decongest the stretch, has not been able to keep its promise (Photo: S H Patgiri) The Assam government has issued an affidavit stating the hurdles in complying with a directive of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that asked for the installation of sensor-operated and automatic traffic barriers in the Kaziranga National Park. These barriers can help to control the movement of traffic on the traffic corridor on National Highway 37 that passes between the national park and has been criticised for animal casualties. In the affidavit submitted before the principal bench of NGT on March 12, Assam had informed the tribunal of the steps taken by it in response to the latter’s directive of February 5. This was when the NGT had directed the state government to ensure fixation of sensor operated automatic barriers and speed check cameras on the a…