New Delhi: Call it a grand trunk road. The National Highways Authority of India says it will build the world

Once a killer track, Rajaji Park has seen no elephant deaths in six years, writes prernasinghbindra

Dehra Dun: The gates of the Jim Corbett and Rajaji National Parks may not open on Saturday after the long monsoon break with the Uttarakhand Forest Guard Federation on Friday threatening not to allow visitors into the reserves until their demand for better wages are accepted by the authorities.


deer population in Garhwal forest division of Pauri district of Uttarakhand has plummeted to a dangerous low. According to the division

In A unique move, the authorities at Rajaji National Park have undertaken a project to build an overpass above a stretch of railway tracks and a motorable road for the movement of elephants. Once completed, this 1.5-km stretch between Motichur railway crossing to Raiwala in Haridwar district will be the first overpass of its kind in the world. It is being constructed at the directions of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court, in order to protect the corridor through which elephants have been moving traditionally from one part of the park to the other.

In the blazing afternoon heat, a group of Van Gujjars listened solemnly as speaker after speaker spoke about the hardship people face when they are displaced from their traditional habitats to make way for special economic zones, special tourism zones, national parks, sanctuaries and dams. The Van Gujjars are a Muslim pastoral community.


The eco-development programme was initiated in Rajaji National Park to elicit participation of local people in conservation. An analysis of factors influencing the participation of women and men in the eco-development programme in two villages - Ganeshpur and Gungabhogpur, adjoining Rajaji National Park was carried out.

Elephants and human beings in Rajaji National Park in northern India are increasingly arriving into conflict because of the conversion of elephant's natural habitat into agricultural areas. Besides, railway track which passes through the park area, national highways, anthropogenic activities etc are restricting frequent movement of elephants within their home range.