KAZIRANGA, Dec 30 - Following the order issued by the District Magistrates of Nagaon and Golaghat districts, which declared the stretch on National Highway 37 from Jakhalabandha to Bokakhat as ‘No Parking Zone’, the officials concerned removed vehicles, including trucks and trailers, from near roadside dhabas in Bagori area recently.
It is worth mentioning here that Central Empower Committee in its report submitted to the Supreme Court of India earlier had recommended prohibition of parking of all types of vehicles on wildlife corridors on NH-37 adjacent to the Kaziranga National Park. There are altogether nine wildlife corridors along the stretch from Jakhalabandha to Bokakhat.
Parking of heavily-loaded vehicles near dhabas and roadside hotels near the animal corridors adjacent to Kaziranga National Park has caused serious trouble for wild animals of Kaziranga, which try to cross over to the foothills of Karbi Anglong either for grazing or for safe shelter.
Sources in the Forest department said that parking of these trucks and other kinds of vehicles and getting them washed near the wildlife corridors caused water pollution as the same water made its way into the Diffloo river which runs into the Kaziranga forest area. The river is a source of drinking water for wild animals.
Sometimes the used engine oil which are released by vehicles either due to leakage or engine defect gets mixed up with water used by the truck drivers and ultimately it makes its way towards the forest area of Kaziranga through small streams or river resulting in serious water pollution. This has harmed and caused serious infection to wild animals, which consume the same polluted water.