KATHMANDU: Stakeholders have expressed concern over the Road Division's bid of constructing road via the Bardiya National Park.
At an interaction programme organised here on Sunday by Team for Nature and Wildlife (TNW) on 'Road through National Park' they said the widening of road inside the national park will jeopardise the security of wildlife.
Former Forest Secretary Dr Udayaraj Sharma said the move to widen road inside the national park is against the spirit of Forest Product and National Park Conservation Act and that such unlawful activities should be discouraged.
Environmental lawyer Padma Bahadur Shrestha said the act of widening road within the premises of national park will destroy the dense forest and trigger ecological imbalance.
Rights activist Jyoti Baniya commented if the government's hasty decision to widen road within the national park was implemented, it would help protect the smugglers of wildlife.
Border expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha said the extension of the road as the postal route is not appropriate from the perspective of border security of Nepal and India.
A writ petition has also been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) against the government's decision in connection with road expansion within the national park.