718 jumbo deaths in past 13 yrs: Min
Bhubaneswar: Forests and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray on Tuesday informed State Assembly that 718 elephants have died in Odisha since 2000 due to different reasons.
The minister further stated that the State government had identified 14 elephant corridors in the State and taken up a five year comprehensive project for the development of these corridors in an effort to reduce man-animal conflict.
“We aim to complete the Rs 45.79 crore project by the end of 2016-17,” Routray said.
According to officials, the places which have been proposed to be declared as elephant corridors are -Similipal, Badampahar, Badampahar-Karida, Hadgada-Kulad, Telkoi-Pallahara, Deuli-Suliapada, Karei-Karampada, Kanheijena-Anantpur, Maulaganj-Jindimal-Anantpur, Buguda-Nayagarh, Nuagaon-Baruni, Barpahar-Tarabha-Kantamal, Tala-Kholagarh, Kotagarh-Chandrapur and Karlapat-Bharladani.
The proposed corridors would provide better habitats for the pachyderms with adequate water bodies, food facility and security, they added.
The corridors would spread over 870 sq km and will be 420.8 km long. It would include three inter-state corridors with West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, officials said.
According to the 2010 census, the jumbo population was 1,886 in Odisha.