Disposing of a petition seeking a directive to the Union government to stop the movement of heavy trucks through Bandipur National Park, the High Court on Monday directed the State government to consider allowing alternative routes for vehicles, which would bypass the park.
The park is also a tiger reserve, housing about 85 big cats.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna gave this direction to the government while hearing a petition filed by G R Mohan, a city-based advocate.
The petitioner said that more than 100 animals, including six elephants, two tigers, two leopards and over 20 spotted deer, have been killed by speeding vehicles on a 17 km-long stretch of National Highway-212 running through the park in recent months.
He also alleged that the National Highway Authority of India has not laid proper roads and barricades to prevent such incidents.
The petitioner also submitted an alternative route map to avoid vehicular movement in the park.