"Wildlife corridor" and other measure increases to safeguard animals.

After massive reports on wildlife deaths, including leopards, the PWD undertakes safety steps.

The Gurugram-Faridabad road is posing a severe threat to wildlife. This stretch cuts through the eco-sensitive Aravalli range. It passes through an important wildlife corridor between Asola Bhatti in Delhi and Sariska in Rajasthan.

For protection, the Haryana government is undertaking measures to regulate the speed of vehicles. Last year, they had put up warning signage, alerting the motorists about the presence of wild animals in the area.

To increase the safety of the animals, the government is now installing thermoplastic rumble strips. This causes vibration which helps in slowing down vehicles. The wildlife department has identified 5 locations on the road for rumble strips.

Such rumble strips have been installed at 4 accident-prone spots on the Gurugram-Faridabad road. One such strip is also present on the Pali-Faridabad stretch.

Rajesh Chahal, wildlife inspector of Gurugram has stated that they are also planning on building 2 animal underpasses (AUP) on the Gurugram-Faridabad road. A proposal has been sent to the Haryana government, which awaits approval.

The wildlife department had proposed for the creation of the underpasses way back in 2017. The Wildlife Institute India (WII) pointed out that the Gurugram-Faridabad stretch is a rich leopard habitat. Furthermore, rich wildlife is abundant along that region of the Aravallis. However, no action took place.

The government is finally showing concern towards this precious segment, after a long effort by the wildlife activists. Speed restriction of 40-50 km has to be imposed. A mechanism should also be installed to check its 100% implementation. Vaishali Rana Chandra, wildlife activist said, "we can't afford to lose more leopards, hyenas and other precious wildlife to road accidents."

The wildlife department had taken this up and was wanting attention on this area for more than 10 years. Vivek Kamboj, wildlife activist said, "we can hope that the government will take more such steps in the coming days to ensure that the wildlife in the region is safe."

In October 2020, a 9-year-old male leopard died after being hit by a vehicle on Pali road.

In January 2019, a dead 10-month old leopard's autopsy confirmed it to be involved in a road accident on the Gurugram-Faridabad stretch.

In May 2015, a young female leopard died after colliding with a vehicle on this road.

Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) had released a year-end data in 2019. It stated that leopard deaths in the road and railway accidents have increased by an alarming 278%. This is highest in a decade, from 2010-2019.

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