Adilabad, May 19:

Transport system came to a grinding halt after forest department imposed strict rules on all types of vehicles besides prohibiting heavy vehicles into Kawal wildlife sanctuary, spread in joint Adilabad district.

This created problems to the common people and also various business have incurred loss. The Telangana government had constituted a high-level committee two months ago to know public opinion on restoration of heavy vehicles through Jinnaram forest area in Mancherial district. But the committee members did not toured at grassroot level.

The locals requested to lift the regulations while the committee members are delaying the submission of their report. Thirty years ago, the then central government had declared wildlife sanctuary in the name of Kawal village of Jinnaram mandal, Adilabad district.

During the concluding days of joint Andhra Pradesh, forest department officials imposed several restrictions in Kawal sanctuary on the pretext of development. They prevented human movement totally and also vehicles.

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Initially, goods transporting vehicles were banned from 9 pm to 6 am. In 2013, the then Adilabad District Collector Ahmed Babu, Under the Act of Central Wildlife Sanctuary, banned the entry of heavy vehicles totally on Jannaram, Kadem, and Utnoor ways and diverted them via Rayapatnam, Dharmapuri, Jagtial and Metpally of earlier Karimnagar district.

Due to this travel distance increased thus increasing fuel expenditure and also the prices of essential commodities increased due to the delay in transportation.

On the other hand, due to ban of heavy vehicles petrol pumps, hotels, dhabas, mechanic shops, puncture shops, provisional stores and the like lost their busieness on the routes of Luxettipet, Jannaram, Kadem, Khanapur, Utnoor and Indravelli areas.

The locals complained that the forest officials have taken away their livelihood in the name of tigers, which are extinct in Kawal wildlife sanctuary. Jannaram, which was once famous in joint Adilabad district, has now lost its name and fame after the formation of Mancherial district.

The locals said their hopes that their business will flourish with the development of tourism wing in Kawal wildlife sanctuary were dashed to the ground with the restrictions imposed under tiger zone. They requested the Telangana government to remove ban on heavy vehicles through Jannaram forest area.