Ooty: Action plan to combat bush fires

Udhagamandalam: An action plan has been drawn up to prevent the occurrence of bush fires during the current dry season, said the Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore, R. Kannan while speaking to presspersons here on Saturday.

Instructions have been issued to all the divisions to accord high priority to combat bush fires. He added that stringent action will be taken against people who started bush fires.

Measures

A number of steps are being taken to reduce man-elephant conflict. Pointing out that the areas affected include Coimbatore, Sathyamangalam, Sirumugai, Mettupalayam and Thadagam, he said that farmers have been requested to change agricultural practices in areas bordering the forests.

Fence

Solar fences have also been erected in places prone to such conflicts. To another query, he said that a system of de-worming wild elephants has been put in place.

When asked about the proposed public hearing with regard to the recent publication of a map of the Elephant Corridor in the Sigur Plateau of the Nilgiris district, Mr. Kannan said that so far about 150 objections have been received.

He added that along the Kallar-Jakkanarai elephant corridor some persons have offered to hand over 69 acres to the forest department.

The value of trees and land were in the process of being assessed.

From THE HINDU

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