Karnataka say no for lifting night traffic ban on NH 212
The Karnataka Government today expressed inability to allow night traffic on NH 212 that connects Mysore in the state and Manandawadi in North Kerala.
The over 120 km route passes through Ecologically Sensitive Zone (ESZ) comprising forest where East and Western Ghats amalgamate and Karnataka government in 2008 had banned night traffic, but for 18 emergency services and passenger vehicles.
Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy today met his counterpart Jagdish Shettar of Karnataka to discuss the night traffic ban on National Highway.
Mr Chandy told reporters after the meeting that the issue was very serious far as Kerala was concerned and the ban had very badly affected its economic activity.
"People are hugely suffering and I appealed to Mr Shettar that more vehicles be allowed at night," he said.
Mr Shettar, who spoke later, however, said the Karnataka government will stick to the Supreme Court ruling on its decision of banning the road traffic following increasing number of wildlife deaths during nights.