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Soon Kaziranga Will Get It’s Longest flyover To Protect The Wildlife

September 17, 2019

Once completed, this will possibly be India’s longest flyover. The flyover would help secure the free movement of the animals. This year, 17 animals, mainly deer, were killed by speeding vehicles while crossing the highway in Kaziranga. The flyover is expected to reduce animal fatalities.

 longest flyover for kaziranga wildlife

In a bid to protect wild animals including the endangered one-horned rhinos from being hit by vehicles, the Centre is planning to construct a flyover over National Highway 37 (NH 37) that passes through Kaziranga National Park in Assam. This 36-km long flyover over a national highway will pass through the one-horned-famed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

kaziranga flyover

The road divides the landscape between the low-lying grasslands of Kaziranga in the north and the elevated Karbi Anglong hills in the south. During rainy season when flooding in Kaziranga National Park forces the wild animals to move southwards to elevated ground, many wild animals are killed by vehicles while they attempt to cross NH-37. On an average 5,000 vehicles pass through the highway every day. This and the construction along the road has restricted the wildlife movement in the corridor between Kaziranga and the Karbi Anglong hills and has resulted in countless deaths of endangered wildlife species including tigers over the years.

kaziranga flyover

The flyover, which would have a breadth of 11 metres, would be constructed at a cost of around Rs.2625 crore. At 36 km in length, the flyover will have three segments, the first segment will be around 18km. It will be the longest in India — more than the length of the PVNR Express Highway in Hyderabad, which is 11.6km long.

kaziranga flyover

The NH-37 is also an animal corridor and used by small and big animals, including elephants and rhinos. The main purpose for constructing the flyover is to protect the animals from being hit by vehicles while they cross the highway.

kaziranga flyover

Kaziranga is home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are also home to a large number of tigers, elephants, deer, wild boars etc. While 200 wild animals including 18 rhinos were killed in the park due to flooding this year, 17 other animals, mainly deer, were killed by speeding vehicles while crossing the highway.

Construction of the flyover is good news. There is no option of diverting the highway and the flyover is a nice option. It’s a win-win for both motorists, as they don’t have to stop or slow down, and for the wild animals.

Contributed by Mansi

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