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Counting of elephants'over, figure likely to be around 125

HT Correspondent  Raipur, May 12, 2007
First Published: 14:58 IST(12/5/2007) | Last Updated: 15:05 IST(12/5/2007)

More often than not, Chhattisgarh has been in the headlines for the wild tuskars' ransacking public properties, standing crops and killing the innocent villagers, living in the areas adjoining the forest.

This time round, however, the state can boast to have another reason to be in the news, of course regarding the wild elephants again. According to the indications available from a recently held survey, Chhattisgarh is expected to contribute substantially to the country's precious wild life.

As a part of the nation-wide campaign for counting the elephants, Forest department in Chhattisgarh, also conducted a survey. Since, elephants are found in Raipur predominantly in the sanctuaries and forests of Jashpur, Raigarh, Marwahi, Bilaspur, Korba and Kanan Pendari, under Bilaspur Forest circle, the counting was also confined only to these specified regions.    

The Chief Conservator of  Forest (Bilaspur circle) Kaushalendra Singh told Hindustan Times that the local staff of the  department in the above-said regions had been engaged in the survey. During a week-long survey, they collected the foot-marks and other details to ascertain the exact number of wild tuskers in the state, he further disclosed.  

When asked to give an idea about the number of wild elephants in Chhattisgarh,  the CCF said, "final figures could be given only after cross-checking  and compilation of the details." However according to initial indications and inputs given by the ground staff, engaged in the campaign, the figures are most likely to be around 125, expected the senior forest officer. On the basis of this survey, the Centre would sanction funds for the development of the wild life sanctuaries, in order to conserve the wild elephants, he hinted. The CCF claimed that Chhattisgarh has tremendous potential of developing an elephant park.

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