Save Gajraj campaign team reaches Sundargarh

Bhubaneswar: OTV’s Save Gajraj (Elephant) Campaign in their visit to Sundargarh district hit upon a grim scenario of vanishing jungles and stray elephants.

In the Sundargarh district, it is the mindless industrial activities, iron mines and rapid urbanization which have contributed to the natural loss of the corridors of elephant population. From time to time, stray elephants have been chased by the villagers with fire balls in their hands.  

In the district, out of 14 elephants that succumbed to death in last five years — two were female and 12 were male elephants. While three elephants were hunted downed by the poachers, the man-elephant conflict resulted in the death of eight persons in last five years alone.  
Meanwhile, OTV’s Save Elephant Campaign has attracted voices from many organizations and schools in the Sundergarh district. School children in the district came out with a procession to sensitize people about the elephant safety.

Earlier in the state, Sri Jagannath Sena sent out the messages of elephant safety through a function arranged in front of Puri Jagannath temple. Besides, earlier Sudam Pradhan, the famed sand artist drove the point home when his elephant images drawn in sand evoked responses from many quarters.