Apr 30, 2015
PILIBHIT: The carcass of a spotted deer was recovered from a feeder canal of the Sharda river, in Hardoi, near Lalpur village under the social forestry division of Pilibhit on Wednesday. The body has been sent to IVRI Bareilly for postmortem. The death was reported just a day after a blackbuck was killed by a speeding vehicle on the Haridwar-Bareilly national highway in Pilibhit. The deer looked like it had been attacked by another wild animal. It was found about 1-km away from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. In the meantime, the social forestry division has taken cognizance of TOI’s coverage on the deficient infrastructure to deal with the injured wildlife. Adarsh Kumar the deputy director of social forestry division told TOI that he was preparing a proposal on how to ensure necessary measures to protect the wildlife from accidents on highways and other roads. He said he would soon convene a meeting of all NGOs working in the field of wildlife and forests to invite their suggestions. Kumar added that he would soon get the stretches of such highways identified which would be sensitive from the viewpoint of wildlife movement. Efforts would also be made to ensure coordination among the social forestry division, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, district police department, national highway authority and the PWD for enforcing a concerted plan to protect wildlife from fatal accidents, he added.
He said he was also thinking to place big boards on highways motivating the people to drive their vehicles at controlled speed due to the sudden and abrupt movement of wildlife. The vice president of Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Authority, Amitabh Agnihotri said that although the national highway authority does not allow to lay speed breakers on national highways but in view of the protection of wildlife, a special proposal could be sent to it seeking the construction of speed breakers in sensitive stretches of national highway within the boundaries of Pilibhit district. The divisional director took note of these suggestions.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com