High-tension wires alongside elephant corridors in Bengal to be insulated

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With almost 4 dozen elephants dying due to electrocution within the last 5 years in West Bengal, the state govt is now planning to insulate the low-tension wires that crisscross the elephant corridors.

The forest and energy departments are also planning to put in energized electrical fences at some areas alongside elephant corridors. The fences can have low voltage pulsating present which might be sure that the animals don’t cross them.

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The initiative appear after the Calcutta High Court in September took suo moto cognizance of stories of elephant electrocution within the state. In October, the division bench of the HC handed orders to cease elephant deaths by electrocution.

According to forest division information, at the least 47 elephants have been electrocuted in West Bengal until date since 2015. While 22 had been killed in south Bengal, one other 25 had 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 other than the unlawful fencing which kills animals typically it has been seen that elephants are likely to lean in anticipation of electrical poles of high-tension wires. If the poles get charged one way or the other 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 strains didn’t journey after elephants appear in touch with them previously, one other official stated.

The tea backyard managements will not be encouraging the organising 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 establish tea gardens adjoining to elephant corridors and the cells will be sure that the administration of the estates erect just 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 generally kill elephants to save lots of their crops and property.

[Attribution HT]

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