GUWAHATI: The Gauhati high court has pressed for a permanent solution to rampant poaching, encroachment and erosion at Kaziranga National Park (KNP), the abode of one-horned rhinos.
The amicus curiae in the case, P N Choudhury, said the court has called for proactive suggestions from all parties in the case, including the state government, KNP authorities and others for long-term solution so that the animals of the park could be protected.
The next hearing would be on March 4.
The HC is hearing several public interest litigations regarding these problems, including a suo-motu case taken by the HC on rhino poaching in the park.
Admitting the constant shrinking of animal habitat area in and around the park, the KNP authority in an affidavit before the court on Friday said a severe habitat loss is leading to man-animal conflicts in the park surroundings.
"In a world where wildlife habitat is shrinking at an alarming rate, 100 tigers, 1,000 elephants and 2,000 rhinos are no match for people's ire. Safe passage, corridors must be provided to the wildlife at any cost, however big that cost may be. The state is duty bound to take all measures for the protection and development of KNP," said the affidavit.
The affidavit also enclosed photographic evidences before the court to show hotels, lodges and dhabas are being set up right on the KNP border and along the animal corridor.
"There is no doubt that the poachers have obtained sophisticated arms and evolved newer methods of killing rhinos in vulnerable areas. The park management is scaling the anti-poaching infrastructure by erecting new camps and watch towers, introducing electronic surveillance, thermal scanners, night vision devices and sensor systems," the affidavit said, adding that the KNP is also the home of 32 mammals, 480 bird, 42 fish and 440 species of flora, of which 106 floras have been identified as endangered.