MYSORE, INDIA, December 28, 2012 (The Hindu): Electricity supply companies (Escoms) in the State, in association with the Forest Department, have initiated a process to identify sagging electric lines and raise them to 20 feet from the ground, to prevent the electrocution of elephants.
Work on raising the lines or replacing old ones is being taken up in the districts falling under the purview of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC), as well as Bangalore, Hubli and Mangalore Escoms. The work started some four months ago and good progress has reportedly been made.
In the last five years, 79 cases of elephant electrocution have been reported in the State, Ajai Mishra, field director, Project Elephant, told The Hindu. This includes cases where the animals died after coming into contact with fences that are illegally electrified by farmers who draw power from passing transmission lines.
The CESC project assumes significance as a majority of the deaths have taken place in the Mysore elephant reserve.
A team from CESC surveyed 210 miles of high tension and 206 miles of low tension lines in the elephant corridor in Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan and Kodagu districts, B. Bhagya Naik, director (technical), CESC, told The Hindu. Some of the lines are 40 years old. Of the surveyed lines, 64 miles high tension and 55 miles low tension lines were rectified.