Declaring elephant corridors in jim corbett as eco-sensitive zones

Declaring elephant corridors in jim corbett as eco-sensitive zones

Corbett Online 03 September 2022

The Uttarakhand high court has directed the order to central and state governments to make serious concerns about elephant corridors to prevent the natural habitat of wildlife and consider declaring Jim Corbett national park Uttarakhand/Ramnagar forests as eco-sensitive zones. The chief justice also stated to the central and state govt. not to make any kind of resort/hotel/restaurant which fall within identified elephant corridors or near to revenue land of Kosi river. The court noted that the natural habitat of wild elephants has been encroached by the construction of roads and resorts. It is very necessary to prevent wildlife from obstructions that come in between finding their daily requirements. The high court passed this order by hearing it from public litigation for the initiative of saving elephants. Because many elephants were killed by a train accident in Bareilly railway track in 2018. So for securing these incidents the elephant corridors are very important. Not to allow or undertake any further road construction which cuts across the identified elephant corridors to allow unobstructed and safe movement of wild elephants across such roads. The elephants come to the Kosi river for their water needs and in search of food, elephants were having many problems going from one place to another due to human disturbances. The authorities also protect the identified elephant corridors of the area. Sufficient staff was ensuring the safe passage of elephants during the night hours between 10.00 pm to 4.00 am. The court also observed that elephants are intelligent animals. They also try to adapt themselves according to the conditions they have started using areas that are still available as a corridor for crossing over the river or moving to the jungle in Jim Corbett National Park. The Court says no to chilly powder to prevent the movement of elephants in their corridor, the respondents are also restrained from using any other obstructive method to prevent the movement of elephants by using gunshots and electric fences.

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