DC orders jumbo survey
Guwahati: Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal on Monday directed the forest department to conduct a survey to identify the problems during movements of elephants in the district.
Mittal issued the order in a stakeholders' meeting attended by officials of the forest department, the district administration and members of an NGO working for wildlife conservation.
The directive came after a member of the NGO informed Mittal about the changing routes of elephants due to various hazards in their habitat.
The meeting also decided to make an action plan to curb the deaths of elephants in the district.
Mittal entrusted the divisional forest officer of eastern division and an official of the wildlife division with the survey.
They will submit a report within three weeks.
Mittal also asked Chandrapur revenue circle officer Pallab Jyoti Nath to form a coordination committee with representatives of the forest department, railways and the police, besides local residents, to prevent elephant deaths in the Panikhaiti area of the city.
Many elephants had died there in the past after being electrocuted.
Mittal also stressed mass awareness programmes for the purpose.
Forest officials said from 2004 to 2013, altogether 13 elephants were mowed down by trains in Deepor Beel.
Representatives of the NGO told the district administration to restrict plying of heavy vehicles in the 17km stretch of road from Gorchuk to Rani via Deepor Beel after 8pm.