Bhubaneswar, Aug 27
Forests and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray today told the Odisha Assembly that 718 elephants have died in the state since 2000.
The minister said 14 elephant corridors have been identified in the state and a five year comprehensive project taken up at a cost of Rs 45.79 crore for the development of these corridors in an effort to reduce man-animal conflict.
“We aim to complete the Rs 45.79 crore project by the end of 2016-17,” Routray said.
The corridors would spread over 870 sq km and will be 420.8 km long. It would include three inter-state corridors with West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, officials said.
According to the 2010 census, the elephant population in Odisha was 1,886.