With almost 4 dozen elephants dying due to electrocution in the final 5 years in West Bengal, the state authorities is now planning to insulate the low-tension wires that crisscross the elephant corridors.
The forest and energy departments are additionally planning to set up energized electrical fences at some places along elephant corridors. The fences could have low voltage pulsating present which might be sure that the animals don’t cross them.
The initiative got here after the Calcutta High Court in September took suo moto cognizance of studies of elephant electrocution in the state. In October, the division bench of the HC handed orders to cease elephant deaths by electrocution.
According to forest division information, not less than 47 elephants have been electrocuted in West Bengal until date since 2015. While 22 have been killed in south Bengal, one other 25 have been killed in north Bengal.
“Often villagers set up electrical fences by illegally tapping electricity. When the elephants touch the fences, they are killed. We are also coming up with multi-departmental anti-electrocution cells which would also comprise local authorities which would work on the ground to prevent such things,” stated a senior state forest division official.
Forest officers stated that aside from the unlawful fencing which kills animals typically it has been seen that elephants have a tendency to lean towards electrical poles of high-tension wires. If the poles get charged in some way due to leakage throughout monsoon the elephant will get killed.
“We will cover the poles with barbed wires to prevent elephants from leaning against them. This will help to save their lives,” stated an official.
The WBSEDCL will verify why the circuit breakers for the high-tension feeder traces didn’t journey after elephants got here in contact with them in the previous, one other official stated.
The tea backyard managements might not be encouraging the establishing of unlawful electrical fences however there are a number of such fences close to labour colonies that trigger electrocution of the elephants, he stated.
The forest division will determine tea gardens adjoining to elephant corridors and the cells will be sure that the administration of the estates erect solely low-voltage fences, the official stated.
While north Bengal has round 550 elephants, there are round 200 elephants in south Bengal. Man-elephant battle is frequent in West Bengal and villagers typically kill elephants to save their crops and property.