Early last month my wife, daughter and I had the opportunity to drive along one of the most picturesque wooded highways in South India. The highway connecting Karnataka with Kerala along the Western Ghats.
It was afternoon and the weather sunny but balmy. The peculiarity of this stretch of the National Highway 212 is that it remains closed at nights to allow roaming freedom to wildlife living in the protected national park. I guess the denizens are much used to the dusk to dawn curfew for automobiles as we did not see any wild game save a fawn and its mother cross our path as we approached the Kerala state border. And for less than lofty reasons.
The Kerala side of the Bandipur forest is a stark contrast to the Karnataka side. The weather changed from sunny to cloudy and rainy. The scenery suddenly became disruptive with people appearing everywhere. We found cattle, sheep and poultry grazing freely in the protected region. While the Karnataka side was practically devoid of grazing of any kind and totally uninhabited, Kerala scores on the flip side by starkly breaking all rules of conservation and protection of the wild.
While the whole world is trying to promote responsible public ethics in preserving and conserving natural habitats with various classifications, Kerala evidently flouts the rules in Wayanad by doing everything against the principles of forest conservation and wildlife protection. Unless human interference and grazing are strictly forbidden and meticulously monitored, Kerala's northern district will be the scene of a habitat tragedy very soon.
The committee headed by Madhav Gadgil comes heavy on rules that should govern and manage forest-lands. Although criticized heavily for lack of resolution in territory mapping, the follow-up committee that came next, headed by scientist Kasturirangan tuned up the maps to a higher resolution.
In the interests of conservation of pristine, virgin land and the continuation of cool weather and climate in the region, please study a few of these issues that cry for early solutions!
Of late the media is agog with news and visuals of wild elephants trampling harvests and causing destruction of coconut, pepper and banana gardens located on the fringes of the Western Ghats. Causes can be traced to the aforementioned detrimental factors. Remedies too.
Early action will prevent further havoc! Say Yes to conservation and a verdant Wayanad!
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