Assam to establish nine corridors for elephants. The Assam government has decided to establish nine elephant corridors in the state’s eastern region. Authorities announce Thursday, one and a half months after 18 wild elephants death in Nagaon after struck by a “big lightning bolt”.”
According to an official, it was agree to establish nine elephant corridors for Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. At a high-level conference attended by three ministers and many senior officials (KNP & TR).
Moreover, the conference held on Wednesday at Janata Bhavan, the Assam government’s civil headquarters in Dispur. Agreed to form a team to verify on the spot the areas for demarcation of the UNESCO world heritage site of KNP & TR, there are nine wildlife corridors.
“After conducting an evaluation, the committee will provide an interim report within 15 days. And a full report within another two weeks. The conference addressed in detail the planned nine elephant routes. As well as the establishment of environmentally sensitive zones in KNP. And TR to ensure the pachyderms’ safety and to avert man-elephant conflicts.
The new additions to the park, as well as the protect-ed woods, will be incorporated into a single integrated entity,” the official said.
Environmental and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Veterinary, and Animal Husbandry Minister Atul Bora. Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta, Commissioner and Secretary. Environment and Forest Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, PCCF (Wildlife) Amit Sahai, and Chief Wildlife Warden M.K. Yadava were present at the meeting.
According to an official statement, the Supreme Court in April 2019 “restricted” all mining operations within the southern border of KNP & TR. And also in the whole catchment region of rivers, streams, and rivulets. That originates in the Karbi Anglong hill ranges and flows into the park.
“No new building will be allowing on private properties that are next to any of the nine designat-ed wildlife routes,”. The top court said in its decision. therefore, According to the statement, the Environment and Forest department filed. So, An affidavit with the Supreme Court outlining the nine recognized elephant routes with their associated geo coordinates.
So, the Supreme Court had directed the agency to notify the public of the corridors identified. At least 18 wild elephants, including calves, perish on May 12 night after hit by a “huge lightning bolt” in the hilly Kandali Proposed Reserve Forest (PRF) in central Assam’s Nagaon district.
M.K. Yadava, Chief Wildlife Warden, said that similar instances of lightning hitting animals are often recorded, and five elephants died as a result of this in West Bengal lately, but the May 12 event in Nagaon is massive, frightening, and awful.
According to the most recent census, India is home to 27,312 elephants, and Assam is home to an estimated 5,719 of them. Many of whom are continually emerging from the jungle in search of food.
The KNP & TR was established in 1908 and spans Assam’s Golaghat, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath, and Karbi Anglong districts. As well as the Arunachal Pradesh border.
It is home to about 2,400 one-horned Indian rhinos, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the world’s entire population. Apart from rhinos, the KNP & TR is home to 121 tigers. 1,089 elephants, and large populations of Asiatic buffalo, swamp deer, wild boar, hog deer, porcupine, and other threatened species and snakes.