Wild Elephant Enters A Town In Orissa, Forest Officials Chase It Away

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Roaring sirens and flashing car lights, the Indian forest officers chased an adult wild elephant, driving him out of town. 

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Roaring sirens and flashing car lights, the Indian forest officers chased an adult wild elephant, driving him out of town. 

An adult wild elephant entered a residential area of Cuttack Development Authority, Orissa on Tuesday night. The national park is situated on the left embankment of Kathajodi river. 

The anxious residents informed the Forest officials of this wild elephant wandering around who was reportedly separated from its herd.

50 forest officials and people from the local police station were positioned to obstruct people from entering the site.  

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Last month, seven elephants died due to electrocution after coming in contact with a live wire near Kamalanga village in Odisha's Dhenkanal district. 

A bench headed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel constituted a team comprising representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, director of Project Elephant and chief wildlife warden in Odisha

The team visited the site and suggest measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future, due to electrocution or other causes which can be applied to wildlife areas in the entire country, the NGT said.

"The representative of Ministry of Environment, Forests will be the coordinator. The visit may be undertaken within two weeks from today" the bench, also comprising Justice S P Wangdi, said in its October 30 order.

The green panel directed the Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha (CESU) to deposit Rs 1 crore with the chief wildlife warden of the state within a week and asked it to submit its stand in the case to the MoEF.

The tribunal said the incident "prima facie" shows apathy to the wildlife by CESU as 42 elephants have died of electrocution due to sagging live wires and at least 18 were killed in Dhenkanal division since April 2010 as per a news report, titled "Hanging live wire kills 7 jumbos in Odisha".

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