21 elephants died due to electrocution in 2016-17: Vardhan (India)


Press Trust of India

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Twenty-one elephants have died due to electrocution between April last and February this year, Union Environment minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, he said that two tiger casualties have also been reported in 2017 due to electrocution.

In 2016-17, up to February 9, 21 elephant casualties have been reported, the highest in Assam, the minister said.

He said that the National Tiger Conservation Authority has issued generic guidelines for preparation of a Security Plan for tiger reserves which advises to carry out resource mapping which necessarily should include locations of electric transmission lines and electrical substations, besides carrying out patrolling.

“Further, such sensitive locations are mapped out in the overarching Tiger Conservation Plan mandated under section 38V of the Wildlife (Protection), Act 1972 for which dedicated prescriptions like Electric Line Patrolling are prepared and carried out,” he said.

With respect to ‘Project Elephant’, chief wildlife wardens have been asked to take up the issues with electricity departments to prevent sagging of electric transmission lines and maintenance to minimum ground clearance as per Rule 77 of Indian Electricity Rules, 1956, he said.

In reply to a separate question, Vardhan said that 75 tigers have died across the country in 2017, the highest 16 in May.