18 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: On an average an elephant died in Odisha every four and a half days due to various reasons in the last three years.
This is evident from Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh who in a written reply today said that 246 elephants had died in the State between 2016-17 and 2018-19 due to accidental electrocution, disease, accidents involving trains and other vehicles, natural and other causes.
The Minister informed that the State government has taken several steps for elephant protection.
He added that elephant reserves have been set up at Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, and Mahanadi to conserve their prime habitats apart from launching various management interventions.
Besides, the State government is taking special measures to develop meadows and planting of saplings, construction of water bodies in several habitats for the pachyderms, the Minister said.
Moreover, the State government is taking steps to restore 14 elephant corridors apart from steps to avoid train accidents and electrocution, he added.