| Hollongapar gibbon wildlife sanctuary in Jorhat district |
Guwahati, Aug. 23: The standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife has called for installation of speed breakers to ensure safety of wildlife across the road at Hollongapar gibbon wildlife sanctuary in Jorhat district.
Sources said the board stipulated this condition while clearing a proposal for widening of the existing PWD State Highway 31 (Jorhat-Maraini) using additional three hectares of non-forest land falling within 10km from the boundary of the sanctuary.
In the meeting, a member of the wildlife board, Prerna Bindra, said there was a railway line passing through the sanctuary that was fragmenting the 20.98 square km sanctuary.
The railway line is an impediment to the free movement of wildlife in the sanctuary, particularly gibbons who are arboreal creatures (live in or among trees), as it breaks the natural canopy.
She wanted to know if some connecting canopy could be created for the movement of the gibbons, and requested that the matter be taken up by the state on a priority basis in consultation with experts.
Assam chief wildlife warden Suresh Chand said the provisions for a canopy have been made but accidents because of train hits cannot be ruled out.
Many elephants have been knocked down by trains in the sanctuary too.
The board banned camping by construction labourers within 10km of the boundary of the sanctuary.
Improved technology and engineering tools shall be used during road construction to minimise the adverse impact of noise and air pollution.
The board said necessary signage would be put up by the PWD along the road to alert people about the safety of wildlife.
Apart from this, trees will be planted along the road after it is completed.