Pench National Park Underpass

  

Pench National Park Underpass
Pench National Park Underpass


Pench National Park Underpass

Pench national park is located in the border between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh approx 70km away from Nagpur. The area of this Park is 257.26 square km.  Pench National Park Underpass came to know mass people when Nitin Gadkari replied to Anand Mahindra's tweet.


When our government planes any road or any railway construction they never think the natural habitat of wild animals always made the road or railway line in between the national park by dividing the national park in two. Pench national park of Maharastra features a lot of wild animals death while crossing the road. 

It is good to hear that the government has taken an initiative like Pench National Park Underpass that is a total 1400m long and the longest is 750m underpass on NH44. It is believed to be the longest underpass for the wild animal. This underpass was made in the year of 2019 for the cost of 240 cr. 


Pench National Park Tiger Crossing
Pench National Park Tiger Crossing


Installed cameras in the Pench National Park Underpass captured 5450 images of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, bison, spotted deer, and other animals between March and December. Wildlife Institute of India fond that 11 tigers- 5 adult male 3 adult females and 3 subadult tigers are frequently using this passage. 

117 KM 4 lane contract was given in 2009 for 1170 cr.   Pench National Park Underpass was not included in this contract. The animal activist blocks this project by dragging this to court than in 2015 NHAI agreed to make underpass and bridges and gave an additional 240Cr for making 50m to 750m bridges and underpasses. on different places of 37KM road and the construct was completed in 2019. 
As per forest officer, Ravi Kiron Govekar there 100 tigers in Pench national park, around 40 are in Maharashtra's side and others are in the Madhya Pradesh side. Any cases never heard that tigers attacked the local people. 

Pench National Park Underpass has reduced the casualties but not completely stopped. A leopard was killed and a tiger was wounded while crossing the road. 

Underpass like Pench National Park is a new concept to India. According to WII, Underpass like this is the first experiment in India yet to see another experiment in the future and will find the best suitable way to protect the wild. 



 

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