The West Bengal government has launched a campaign in areas adjacent to elephant habitats in the north of the state to prevent electrocution deaths of pachyderms, a senior forestry official said on Sunday.
The campaign was launched on Saturday in villages and tea gardens in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts, where recent elephant deaths from electrocution were reported, Wildlife Director VK Yadav said.
However, it will be officially reported by Forestry Minister Rajib Banerjee at a later date, he said.
“Forestry staff are asking residents, through public address systems, to report illegal hanging and fencing of fields and tea gardens with live wires.
“We are making people aware of the need to protect our wildlife and to speak out against criminal activity,” Yadav told PTI.
Priority was given to areas adjacent to Buxa Tiger Reserve and Jaldapara and Gorumara National Parks, he said.
“We have also launched the campaign in villages and tea gardens in Bagdogra and Naxalbari regions of Darjeeling district,” Yadav said.
The issue of elephant electrocution death has been discussed with the additional chief secretary of the electricity department and he has instructed his officials to take strict action against offenders, he said. declared.
The forestry minister, during his recent visit to Siliguri, held a meeting with officials from the electricity department, forestry officials and representatives of tea gardens on the issue, Yadav said.
Eleven elephants have died in North Bengal so far this year, including six from electrocution, he said.
“We need to make people aware of the need to protect elephants,” he said.
Mr. Banerjee had reported on Saturday to the headquarters of the Forestry Department in the metropolis three paintings that will move to the districts of Kolkata, Howrah, North and South of Parganas during the days of Durga Puja to spread the message of wildlife conservation, Mr. Yadav said. .
MUVs will display colorful images of wild animals and slogans about their conservation, he added.
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