Raipur, Feb 22 (IANS) As many as 26 people were trampled to death by wild elephants in the past one year in Chhattisgarh’s northern forest region, the epicentre of man-elephant conflict for about a decade, Forest Minister Vikram Usendi told the state assembly Tuesday.
In a written reply, the minister said that wild elephants killed 26 people in the forest regions of the state between January, 2010 and January 2011 and destroyed crops worth over Rs.2 crore.
He added that government has worked out a plan to put solar fencing in forested areas that can discharge a 5 volt shock to elephants in a bid to stop them entering civilians areas.
Chhattisgarh’s northern region, comprising Surguja, Jashpur, Koria, Korba and Raigarh districts, has recorded a sharp rise in man-elephant conflicts in recent years.
The state government annually pays people living in villages that are surrounded by forests, millions of rupees in compensation for the loss of human lives and the massive damage caused to houses and crops by wild elephants.