Bhubaneswar: Negligence of three departments- Energy and Forest and Environment Department of the State Government and the Railway department of the Union Government- are blamed by many for electrocution of seven elephants on a riverbed in Dhenknal district last night.
“The shocking incident has occurred due to negligence and callous attitude of three departments. If electric wires had been put at a proper height, the elephants could not have come in contact with it. Forest Department officials are not making regular checks. Again, power connection should have been disconnected when it is not required. All these negligence led to death of the elephants,” wildlife protection expert Nadia Chand Kanungo told the News7.
He lamented saying that though three such incidents have occurred during the last few months, no action has been taken under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. “If action would have been taken and compensation collected from concerned Government officials in earlier cases, the yesterday’s incident of electrocution of seven pachyderms had not occurred,” pointed out Kanungo.
It many noted that seven elephants were electrocuted to death on the Brahmani riverbed at Kamalanga near Odapada in Dhenkanal district last night.
According to a study, as many as 180 elephants have died due to electrocution during the last 18 years in Odisha and such deaths constitute 15 per cent of pachyderm deaths in the State.