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Naveen urges MOEF to provide fund to prevent electrocution of elephant

Posted on Jan 02, 04:07PM | UNI

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Minister for Environment and Forest Jayanthi Natarajan to intervene and approve the proposal to provide fund to strengthen the transmission lines to prevent the death of elephants due to electrocution.

In a letter to the Union Minister, the copies of which was released to the media here, the Chief Minister said the state government had submitted its Annual Plan of Operation(APO) under the adhoc Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for 2012-13 seekig a sum of Rs 32 crore for strengthening of transmission lines.

The APO was submitted after Ms Natarajan during a discussion with Mr Patnaik on October 30 last agreed to provide funds for the purpose if the work was undertaken by the energy department and not by the private distribution companies.

The Chief Minister said the state government in its APO had also stated that the work would be implemented by the energy department.

But the proposal was not approved by the MOEF stating that ' the task of appropriate safety measure is the responsibility of private distribution companies and financial burden of responsibility cannot be transferred to the forest department or the CAMPA.

Mr Patnaik in his letter said death of elephants due to electrocution was a matter of serious concern. The funding support from CAMPA for strengthening of transmission lines would go a long way in preventing such avoidable loss of wildlife and urged the Union Minister to approve the proposal in the interest of protection of wildlife.