Man-elephant conflict: Chhattisgarh plans experts’ panel

December 17th, 2010 - 11:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Dec 17 (IANS) Chhattisgarh said Friday that it has plans to set a panel of wildlife experts to tackle cases of man-elephant conflict.”A meet of the Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh decided to set up a sub-committee comprising of elephants experts, forest officials and representatives of the NGOs of the affected areas to offer suggestions to tackle rising man-elephant conflict cases,” a government press statement said.

The government added it was working on a concept to put up a 100 km long solar power fencing in the man-elephant conflict zone to put a check on wild elephants making their way to residential forested areas.

Chhattisgarh has been facing the man-elephant conflict problem for over a decade with the recent months seeing a sudden rise in such cases.

The worst-hit districts are Surguja, Jashpur, Koria, Korba and Raigarh where people often migrate from their villages in fears of elephants attacks. The government also pays millions of rupees annually in compensation to the affected families for the loss of human lives and the damages caused to houses and crops by wild elephants.

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