Highway traffic, Nagarahole

Ramki Sreenivasan
A motorcyclist negotiates a pack of dhole

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

In Karnataka, 9 out of 15 National Highways and 28 out of 151 State Highways pass through important wildlife habitats / protected areas in the Western Ghats.

A two-wheeler bringing fresh fish from Kerala into Karnataka. Traffic starts on the Mysore-Mananthavadi highway in Nagarahole national park at the stroke of dawn. Conservationists successfully closed the highway from 6pm to 6am. Despite the many obvious problems posed by roads through wildlife areas, more roads are being planned in Nagarahole (and through other protected areas of Karnataka), by the state government.

Read related case study of night time highway closure though Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

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