Golaghat, Aug. 9: The Golaghat district administration has set up a committee to monitor the maintenance of transmission lines to prevent electrocution of wild elephants.
The joint co-ordination committee, headed by Golaghat deputy commissioner Julie Sonowal along with officials of Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL), the divisional forest officer and representatives of local NGOs as members, has been formed yesterday.
The committee, which was formed after a notification of the department of forests and environment, had its first meeting at the deputy commissionerís office yesterday. The additional deputy commissioner and the divisional forest officer were present.
The divisional forest officer submitted a survey report on low-lying power lines in elephant migratory paths and corridors under Golaghat forest division and urged APDCL officials to monitor the lines and raise the height to a safer level. They also decided to undertake a joint survey of the low-lying power lines.
According to data with the forest department, in the past 10 years, four wild elephants have died of electrocution.
The first, an eight-year-old female, died in December 2005 at Babathan followed by an 18-year-old male in October 2011.
Last year, two full-grown male elephants were electrocuted after they came in contact with a live high-tension electric cable between Choriakhat and Bengkhati at Thuramukh of Golaghat district.
After the incident, the forest department lodged an FIR against the divisional manger, junior engineer and a lineman.