Road passing through blackbuck park to be blocked
Times of India By Vijaysinh Parmar
In a solution to a long -pending decision on a kuccha road that connects two villages, cutting through Blackbuck National Park (BNP) in Velavadar taluka of Bhavnagar, the Centre has announced the closing down of the road, allowing undisturbed passage for the wildlife including blackbucks. Regular vehicular traffic on this six km road had been a fatal hindrance to the wildlife, many of which were run over by speeding vehicles.
According to sources, central government has given a grant of Rs 6.12 crore for the "construction of alternative roads in lieu of the existing public road in Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar in Bhavnagar district". Forest officials confirmed the news, saying that two alternate pucca roads will be constructed which will divert traffic. The process in this direction has already begun.
"The grants have been given under the 'Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA)''. "At present, vehicular traffic passes from Velavadar village to Kalatala village. This road connects the Dholera-Bhavnagar highway. After blocking it, we will construct two alternate roads. Both roads, total 14 km, will connect Dholera-Bhavnagar main road from Velavadar and Kalatala sides,'' said JS Solanki, assistant conservator of forests
Map of Velavadar National Park
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