Forest Department introduces ‘Time Ticket’ for travellers
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Forest Department introduces ‘Time Ticket’ for travellers

October 20, 2020

Mysore/Mysuru: Following increasing number of deaths of wild animals in Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve range, with the gradual spurt in vehicle density post COVID-19-induced lockdown relaxations, the Forest Department officials have re-introduced ‘Time Ticket’ that aims to restrict vehicular movement on roads coming under the range.

As the Forest Department staff on patrol duty have often caught inebriated visitors creating nuisance and indulging in illegal activities inside the jungles, the Department has introduced the ‘Time ticket’ system for vehicles moving on roads coming under the jurisdiction of the National Park and Tiger Reserve.

Accordingly, all the vehicles arriving at Nanachi check-post, from where three exit routes to Veeranahosahalli, Karmodu and Kallottu set off, will be issued ‘Time Ticket’ according to which the vehicles have to cross the exit point, which is 30 kms away, within one hour of entry time. The ‘Time Ticket,’ which is issued free of cost, has the name of the vehicle driver, the Registration Number of the vehicle and  both the entry and the exit time, mentioned on it. The vehicle drivers after being issued the ticket, will have to cross the exit point (30 kms distance) within the exit time (one hour) mentioned on the ticket. 

Even a delay of a couple of minutes, will attract heavy fines, with drivers having to shell out Rs.1,000 for the first hour of delay after the exit time, Rs. 2,000 for the second hour and so on. The ‘Time Ticket’ system aims to curb visitors from indulging in activities that disturb wildlife and also for safeguarding forest wealth.

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Nagarahole Range Forest Officer (RFO) Amith told Star of Mysore that the ‘Time Ticket’ system was first introduced at Nagarahole check-post in 2017. The system was introduced after many animals died of being hit by speeding vehicles, especially during the night, thus endangering wildlife. Now, the system is being implemented in a stricter manner in the post-lockdown period, with 11 wild animals losing their life in Anechowkur forest range and eight in Hunsur forest range in the past couple of weeks.

Noting that vehicle density has increased in recent days, which has endangered wildlife, he said that the system is being implemented based on a Supreme Court ruling. While the ‘Time Ticket’ bears the vehicle details on one side, the other side of it mentions the DOs and DON’Ts for travellers while passing through the forest range, he added. 

Amith further said that a proposal has been sent to the Government for introducing this system on Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road (NH-90) via Alur Gate and on Periyapatna-Gonikoppal Road (SH-21) via Boodithittu in the coming days.

Meanwhile, K.M. Chinnappa, Wildlife First President and also a former Forest Officer, welcomed the ‘Time Ticket’ system, saying that it will help protect wildlife from getting killed by speeding vehicles and rash drivers.

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