- Nagarhole National Park also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located in the two districts of Karnataka, namely Mysore and Kodagu.
- The park was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and was upgraded into a national park in 1988. In 1999, it was declared as a tiger reserve.
- The vegetation in this park predominantly comprises moist, tropical and mixed deciduous forest, with some portions being the dry deciduous type.
- Nagarahole National Park forms apart of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and together with Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to its South East and Wayanad to the South-West, is one of the last remaining and best protected habitats for endangered species like the Elephant and the Tiger.
Why in the news?
- There is a highway road which passes adjacent to nagarhole national park.
- This highway connects Mysore district in Karnataka to Tellicherry in Kerala, this highway has high vehicle movement.
- Issues such as drink and drive, road kills, over-speeding, forest fires, illegal tree felling etc are taking place.
- Hence the officials have decided to set up a time stamped card system for vehicles passing through.
- Under this system, the vehicles on approaching the forest check posts would be given the time stamped card, complete with details of the speed limit to be maintained and the exit time at the next check post. This will reduce some of the above issues.