first_imgKolkata: The state government will seek some sort of relaxation from the Supreme Court which, on Monday, restrained the government from processing tenders issued by it for the supply of burnt mobil oil to keep herds of elephants away by using fire torches.”We are examining the order of the apex court. A meeting will be conducted consisting of senior officials and legal experts. Our Chief Wildlife Warden is currently in North Bengal. We have been using such fire torches to scare the elephants in order to avoid the jumbos’ conflict with man. Now, if there is a restriction we have to look for alternative means,” state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNK Pandey, the principal chief conservator of forests of the state and the head of forest force said some foreign countries use alternative techniques like taking some heavy lights to scare the pachyderms. “It is difficult for our guards to carry such heavy lights. There are hamlets inside forests, the road is not congenial for taking such lights and it is difficult to have those type of lights here. We have been asked to file an affidavit within two weeks in which we will point out the difficulties,” Pandey said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior Forest official said we are continuously taking awareness drives among people to minimise man animal conflict. “We do not inflict torture on the jumbos by throwing fire torches we only use these to scare them away. When they enter villages and create havoc to farmlands, they flee if shown such torches. There has not been a single case of inflicting torture on elephants by throwing torches,” a senior official of the Forest department said. The bench has also asked the Bengal government to file affidavit stating the name and designation of the person who will be responsible in each forest division in the event of a mishap due to fire. The bench has also directed the Odisha government to file an affidavit in this regard. It may be mentioned that the Centre through Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, assured the bench that a meeting is scheduled on December 1 for forming a task force or a steering committee to assist the Centre and the states to formulate and implement measures to deal with conflicts with elephants. The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Prerna Singh Bindra, a well-known conservationist and author, seeking the formation of such a task force in different parts of the country to prevent the elephants from being subjected to violence.last_img

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