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F&E and energy depart to work in tandem to prevent jumbo death

Bhubaneswar: With the death of 116 elephants due to electrocution during the past 12 years, Odisha government today set up a joint co-ordination committee involving forest and environment and enegry departments to ensure no repeat of such incidents, official sources said.

"The departments will hold review meetings every month and exhange information between thmselves. The forest and environment department officials will inform the energy department about sagging of live elecric wire in elephant corridors," said Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray.

Enegry Minister Arun Kumar Sahu said his department would ill ensure enforcement of guidelines for protection of elephants.

The committee will operate both in the state level and district level, Routray said adding that funds is not a problem for the safety of elephants.

A study revealed that 37 elephants were killed in electrocution in western region of the state followed by 34 in northen parts and 25 in central Odisha and 20 in southern parts, they said.


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