Bengalureans, heading to ring in New Year near wildlife reserves in and around Mysuru, have bad news in store. Authorities have decided to ban “high-voltage parties” in hotels and pubs close to national parks and bird sanctuaries. It’s learned the forest department has even banned playing loud music in such places.
“Playing out loud music during New Year celebrations in resorts, hotels, pubs are common. More people prefer partying on the outskirts of the city. Now forest department has strictly ordered not to play loud music at six wildlife and bird sanctuaries which comes under Mysuru zone,” a source said.
Confirming the move, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) V Yedukundala said, “We have got many complaints about youths playing loud music and hosting parties near national parks. Also, hotels and resorts are giving permission for late-night parties which could cause damage to wildlife, flora, and fauna. So we have strictly instructed hotels and resorts not to allow parties. Places like KRS backwaters, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary have become a regular spot for party-goers. Special patrolling will be done in New Year. We will take action against those who don’t follow orders.”
Revellers who violate the ban will be booked under the provisions of Wildlife Act. The Department move comes in the wake of several complaints from the public about youths partying on the fringes of Ranganathittu and Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuaries. Also, the Union Government has declared the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapatna as Eco Sensitive Zone.
It has come to the notice of the Forest Department that a few resorts around Nagarahole National Park and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve were hosting guests and were playing loud music, entertaining revelers. This apart, party-goers also litter the area with plastic and other non-biodegradable materials, causing environmental damage.
Speaking to Star of Mysore, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) V. Yedukondalu said that this year, revelers will be under watch as they have received many complaints of loud music being played around the wildlife sanctuaries. “December and January are the breeding months for birds and the winged creatures are highly sensitive to noise and loud music may drive them away. It is also migration time and we do not want people to disturb them,” he said.