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Jaya announces Rs 10.44 cr measures to stop man-animal conflict

Posted on Jan 30, 10:36AM | UNI

Chennai, Jan 29 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced allocation of Rs 10.44 crore to take up various measures to prevent man-animal conflict in forest areas

An official statement here said people living in forest areas of Hosur, Dharmapuri, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Gudalur, Sathyamangalam, Kodaikanal, Dindugul, Tirupattur, Tiruvannamalai, Theni, Srivilliputtur, Tirunelveli, Anaimalai Tiger sanctuary and in Udumalpet and Pollachi, were put to great hardship due to movement of elephants and other wild animals

In a bid to protect people from attacks by wild animals, the government headed by Ms Jayalalithaa has decided to dig huge trenches to prevent elephants from entering the human habitations

Unveiling a slew of measures to pevent man-animal conflict, Ms Jayalalithaa said check dams would be constructed to ensure storage of huge quantity of water in places inhabited by wild animals, besides creating more water bodies like tanks and ponds and sinking deep borewells to increase the availability of water to animals

The release said the Chief Minister also announced installation of alarm facilities, solar powered fences and deployment of more number of forest officials by equipping them with all facilities. "All these steps will be implemented at a total cost of Rs 10.44 crores," the statement added

The statement said the Chief Minister also announced setting up of a Wildlife Research Centre at Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur here at a cost of Rs 27.13 crore

The 602-hectare zoological park was the home to 1,541 animals belonging to 137 species. Nearly 20 lakh people visit this place annually

The Chief Minister has ordered to set up a wildlife research centre at the zoo

The centre will house a nature education and awareness centre, a wildlife forensic science research centre and field and ground research centres providing information on herbivorous and carnivorous animals

The Wildlife Research Centre would be set up at a cost of Rs 27.13 crore, the release said

The Chief Minister also sanctioned appointment of two scientists, four junior researchers and two assistant veterinary doctors for this centre

The government would incur an annual recurring expense of Rs 26.99 lakh, it added

With a view to creating awareness on environment among students, Ms Jayalalithaa announced setting up of 3,200 Environment Clubs in schools across the state

The Clubs would be established in 100 schools each in 32 districts of the state. The government has allotted Rs 80 lakh (Rs 2,500 each to 3,200 clubs) for this purpose, the release said

The release said Ms Jayalalithaa also announced setting up of a Butterfly Park and star-forest (Natchathiravanam) at MelAnaikattu in Srirangam. She has earmarked Rs 4.94 crores for the purpose

Since the employees of State Forest Department work round the clock braving rain, heat and natural calamities, the Chief Minister ordered to provide them a pair of shoes, a torch light every year and rain coats every four years

A total number of 6,242 forest department officials would be benefitted by this and the government would incur an expenditure of Rs 58.98 lakh