Coimbatore: To celebrate World Forestry Day, Coimbatore forest division is planning to create more water troughs to prevent elephants from entering the villages and thereby help reduce human-animal conflicts in the forest range.
An alarm system is also being set up inside the forest to alert villagers about the movement of elephants in their surroundings, said forest officials. Already 33 such troughs have been constructed, including 8 new water holes in the range, forest officials said.
Coimbatore district forest officer V. Thirunavakarasu, said, “Since the Coimbatore forest area is a zone that is facing human-wild elephant conflict issues often, we are focusing on steps to reduce conflict incidents.
The forest team has constructed new water holes and troughs in six ranges in Thadagam, near SACON, Jambukandi, Palani Pudur, Kandiyur and near Marudhamalai.”
Apart from ongoing projects, Coimbatore forest will soon introduce new trip wire alarm systems too. “The government had spent around Rs 2 lakh to construct the troughs, water for which will be sourced from bore wells, private institutions and natural water sources,” Thirunavakarasu added.
Officials have also dug trenches to a length of 210 kilometers along the borders of the reserve forests in the six ranges of Coimbatore forest division.