(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Elephants' Right of Way

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Elephants' Right of Way

Topic: Elephants' Right of Way


  • Ajay Suri, (Wildlife Expert)
  • Soumitra Dasgupta, (IG Forest, Ministry of Environment , Forest & climate Change)
  • Ashok Pai, (Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand)
  • Prof. C. K. Varshney, (Environmentalist)

Topic Description:

Seven elephants died after coming in contact with a sagging electric wire in Odisha's Dhen-kanal on 26 October. This is the highest casualty of elephants in a single incident in Odisha. A herd of 13 elephants was passing through the village in Sadar Forest Range and seven of them came in contact with an electric wire. Environment ministry data shows that 655 elephant deaths took place in India from 2009 to 2017. This translates into an average of about 80 elephant deaths per year, seven every month and one every four days. The main reasons for elephant deaths are electrocution, train accidents, poaching and poisoning. The horrifying deaths of the seven elephants have once again brought home the fact that India can no longer neglect its wildlife corridors. Elephant corridors are strips of land connecting two large habitats, which are supposed to provide a safe corridor for elephants to migrate from one landscape to another. In India, there are 101 elephant corridors.

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Courtesy: RSTV

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