Worried over the growing man-elephant conflict in the state, the Orissa government on Tuesday identified 14 corridors for safe movement of the animals which frequently come out of their habitation in search of food and water.
“The comprehensive plan for setting up the 14 elephant corridors will be prepared by March this year,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after a high level meeting on the issue.
Besides making arrangements of food and water inside the proposed corridors, attention would be given to ensure that the animals do not stray into human habitations in search of food, he said.
The proposed corridors would spread over 870 sq km and will be 420.8 km long. It would include three inter-state corridors with West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, officials said.
According to official data, an average of 48 people are killed and crops over 54,000 hectare area are destroyed every year by elephants in the state. The government pays an annual compensation of about Rs 1.2 crore due to elephant menace.
Many pachyderms were killed in Orissa, they said, adding that besides poaching, many elephants die by coming across live electric wires.