Farmers urged to install solar fencing
Farmers illegally drawing power from the overhead lines
Madikeri: The Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company has warned people against securing illegal power connections to the fences in certain parts of the district to ward off wild animals from straying into habitation and crop areas. Criminal cases would be booked against them, the company warned.
The company stated in a press release here on Monday that some farmers living close to the forests had been illegally drawing power from the overhead lines to activate the fencing to drive away animals from entering their crop areas as also save their lives. On the other hand, it had resulted in deaths of both humans and animals in the recent times.
Such acts were punishable under the Electricity Act, it said.
People caught stealing power could serve sentences up to six months to three years and pay a penalty of Rs. 10,000, or both.
They would not be given electric connections to their homes for a period up to two years, it said.
If wild animals were found dead, cases under the Wildlife Act would be booked against the persons where the death had occurred.
The company advised that farmers wanting to prevent animals from destroying their crops and prevent animals from straying into human habitations should seek permission of the forest department to put up solar fencing.