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.
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
The flyover, which would have a breadth of 11 metres, would be constructed at a cost of around Rs.2625 crore. The construction work would begin from the next financial year.
At 35 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.
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, the biggest habitat of one-horned rhinos, gets submerged every year during monsoon and its inhabitants flee to higher ground in neighbouring Karbi Anglong district by crossing NH 37.
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