A PIL has been filed by actor and environmentalist Suresh Heblikar and two others in the Karnataka high court for court’s intervention in the matter contending that the 14 km stretch in question is a thick forest and comes under Dandeli elephant reserve and home to elephants, tigers, leopards, black panthers and king cobras etc, reports the TOI.
Hearing the PIL, the court has issued a notice to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in response to a PIL seeking a direction to halt all illegal road widening project of the road stretch from Belagavi to Anmod.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice L Narayana Swamy and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar has also sought a response from Ministry Forest and Ecology and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Karnataka.
About of 22,000 trees will be cut to widen NH-4A connecting in Khanapur-Londa.
The petitioners have sought for directions from the court to maintain 50 Kmph speed limit with intermittent speed breakers inside all wildlife corridors and forest areas (PAs and Territorial divisions) to avoid death due to road kills.
Petitioners also want a ban on night traffic through all Elephant reserves as per directions of National Board for Wildlife standing committee.