Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 1:
In view of the growing number of accidents, the authorities of Chandaka-Dampada Sanctuary on the outskirts of Odisha capital have decided to dig ponds to prevent the wild animals from coming on to the road in search of food and water.
The initial work for the pond has started 300 meters from the road. Various trenches will also be strengthened to prevent elephants from crossing the sanctuary boundaries, official sources said.
Besides, the increasing vehicular traffic on the stretch from Kalinga Studio square to Rental Colony is a threat to the elephant and peacock transgressing into human habitat as it borders the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary.
Trench along the road from Kalinga Studio square to Rental Colony, around 3 km along the Chandaka forest, has been dug to prevent the wild animals from entering the city, officials said.
During the rainy season, the elephants come to bathe and play in the trenches thereby causing a traffic logjam as onlookers watch their playful antics. The elephants also escape from the sanctuary through breaches in the boundary walls.
To prevent man-animal conflict, the forest officials are in the process of digging a pond to make them stay away from entering the city, said Manoj Mohapatra, Divisional forest officer (DFO), Chandaka-Dampada Wildlife Sanctuary.
There have been rising cases of elephants entering into populated areas, breaking hutments and destroying paddy crops. According to sources, large parts of the boundary walls are broken and around 10 km of trenches have also filled up.
The weak areas in the walls will be marked, broken areas repaired and the trenches will be dug up, Mohapatra added.