Defunct solar fences irk villagers

Elephants straying from forests into human landscape, is a pointer to the increase in man-animal conflict. Though the Forest department had laid solar fences to check the wild elephant menace, owing to lack of maintenance, the fences have become defunct, in Kajoor in Yadavare near Somwarpet.

Enraged over the failure of the department in checking wild elephant menace, office-bearers of Kajoor Aane Horata Samithi and villagers gheraoed officials from the department recently.

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Yadavare and Kajoor Aane Horata Samithi has been checking the wild elephant menace for the last five years by maintaining the solar fences in association with the department. However, recently, the maintenance of the solar fences were entrusted to Villager Forest Committee by the Somwarpet ACF.

Aane Horata Samithi Secretary Macchanda Prakash said that the village committee had failed to maintain solar fences. The officials have appointed Krishnappa as the committee President. However, the department has failed to elect the office-bearers of the committee.

The department had convened village forest committee meeting.

However, the villagers were not invited for the meeting. Enraged over the incident, the villagers waylaid the vehicle of the ACF at Yadavare.

The protest was withdrawn after an official promised to solve the problem within two days.

Samithi President K P Ray said that if the authorities failed to respond to the woes within the stipulated time, the protest will be intensified.

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