Elephants’ electrocution: Wildlife Div to take legal action against PGCIL

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Dimapur, April 9: The Wildlife Division, Dimapur will initiate legal action against Power Grid Cooperation of India Limited, Dimapur for violation of the Wildlife Protection Act’1972. The legal action to be initiated pertains to electrocution of two elephants on April 8 last.
Wildlife Warden, Wildlife Division, Dimapur informed that on April 8, two elephants were found electrocuted by a sagging high tension electric cable (220/132 KV) out of which one was a nursing cow (elephant). The incident happened exactly at the same spot where two elephants were electrocuted on October 24, 2018.
In a press release, the Wildlife Warden informed that the department had earlier written to the General Manager, Power Grid Cooperation of India Limited, Dimapur dated 2nd November 2018 requesting to take necessary action for maintenance of electric cables/lines at optimum height as there may be such deaths from accidental electrocution in the future.
The Wildlife Warden noted that the height of the high tension electric cable/lines (220/132 KV) is only 10-12 feet from the ground and had it been rectified, such an unfortunate recurrence of elephant death on April 8 last would not have taken place. “This negligence amounts to violation of the Wildlife Protection Act’1972 for which legal action will be initiated as per the law,” he said.
Meanwhile the Wildlife Warden has expressed gratitude to all volunteers (Green Sons), public, police and administration of Sanis town for their cooperation, coordination and assistance to the department in rescuing an elephant calf 30-45 days old (approx) that had separated from its herd and strayed into human habitation on April 7. The calf’s mother is suspected to be the nursing elephant found electrocuted on April 8.
The release informed that the calf is now under safe custody at Intangki National Park with veterinary doctors monitoring its health and is currently reported active, stable and in good health. (Page News Service)