Now, SMS alerts on elephant presence in Bengal
Forest officials in West Bengal’s Bankura district have started issuing SMS alerts about the movement of elephants to prevent man-animal conflicts.
A person can get the information by making a ‘missed call’ to 9015181881. The alerts will inform people on how many elephants are present in a certain area.
The move came after CM Mamata Banerjee instructed forest officials to prevent man-aniomal conflicts in Bankura-West Midnapore belt.
The present government has hiked the compensation amount to the families of elephant attack victims to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh. In case of an elephant destroys the crops of farmers, they would be given Rs 1 lakh.
To stop the conflict between man and animals, the Forest department is also setting up two enclosures for elephants. One would be set up at Mayurjharna, the bordering areas of Bankura and Purulia and the other in Alipurduar, each covering an area of 8 hectares. Though the enclosures will be set up in an artificial way, they will be rich in natural abounds while the elephants will graze freely. All the arrangements including food will be available for the elephants at the enclosures.
The Forest department also introduced four modern vehicles, equipped with modern gadgets to protect villagers from attacks by wild elephants. The vehicles are named as Airavata. Four such vehicles are being used to drive away the elephants if they enter into the locality.
The vehicles are fitted with generator and a high power LED light in the front and the back, which can revolve around its axis by 360 degree. The vehicles will not only help the forest officials to spot the wild elephants, but also help to drive them into forest.