With practically 4 dozen elephants dying due to electrocution within 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 put in energized electrical fences at some areas alongside elephant corridors. The fences can have low voltage pulsating present which might make sure that the animals don’t cross them.
The initiative got here after the Calcutta Excessive Court docket in September took suo moto cognizance of experiences of elephant electrocution within the state. In October, the division bench of the HC handed orders to cease elephant deaths by electrocution.
In response to forest division information, no less than 47 elephants have been electrocuted in West Bengal until date since 2015. Whereas 22 had been killed in south Bengal, one other 25 had been killed in north Bengal.
“Typically villagers arrange electrical fences by illegally tapping electrical energy. When the elephants contact the fences, they’re killed. We’re additionally developing with multi-departmental anti-electrocution cells which might additionally comprise native authorities which might work on the bottom to forestall such issues,” mentioned a senior state forest division official.
Forest officers mentioned that other than the unlawful fencing which kills animals typically it has been seen that elephants are likely to lean towards electrical poles of high-tension wires. If the poles get charged someway due to leakage throughout monsoon the elephant will get killed.
“We’ll cowl the poles with barbed wires to forestall elephants from leaning towards them. This may assist to save lots of their lives,” mentioned an official.
The WBSEDCL will examine why the circuit breakers for the high-tension feeder strains didn’t journey after elephants got here in touch with them previously, one other official mentioned.
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 mentioned.
The forest division will determine tea gardens adjoining to elephant corridors and the cells will make sure that the administration of the estates erect solely low-voltage fences, the official mentioned.
Whereas 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 lots of their crops and property.