The West Bengal authorities has determined to represent multi-departmental anti-electrocution cells to protect wild elephants within the state, officers stated on Thursday.
The choice on this regard was taken throughout a current assembly in north Bengal between officers of the Power and Forest Departments, they stated.
The cells will comprise officers of the Forest Directorate, the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), district administration and police, moreover native panchayat members, they stated.
“The cells will formulate preventive and mitigation strategies and monitor measures to prevent setting up of illegal electric fences.
“During the meeting, it was also decided to identify and raise the height of sagging high-tension lines and cover certain electric poles near elephant corridors with barbed wires to prevent the pachyderms from leaning against them,” Chief Wildlife Warden V Ok Yadav stated.
Necessary vehicular help will be offered to the cells by the Forest Department or the WBSEDCL and every cell can have its personal WhatsApp group for higher coordination, he stated.
The Forest Department will establish corridors frequented by the elephant and the WBSEDCL will insulate the low-rigidity strains passing by means of such corridors with aerial bunched cables, Yadav stated.
The division can even arrange electrical fences with “low-voltage pulsating current” to stop the elephants from wandering into human settlements, he stated.
The WBSEDCL will totally test why the circuit breakers for the excessive-rigidity feeder strains didn’t journey after elephants got here involved with them up to now, one other official stated.
The tea backyard managements might 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 Department will establish tea gardens adjoining to elephant corridors and the cells will be sure that the managements of the estates erect solely low-voltage fences, the official stated.
As per the division, 25 elephants have died due to electrocution in north Bengal within the final 5 years, of which 9 incidents came about this 12 months.
“The principal cause of deaths of elephants was found to be unauthorised extension of low-tension domestic power lines on the periphery of the forests and the use of electric fences,” Yadav stated.
Copies of the suggestions made on the assembly have been forwarded to the highest state officers.