National Wildlife Board has already spent Rs 4.24 crore on laying solar fences in Tamil Nadu for 262 km
In Erode solar fences were erected for a distance of 85 km
Before 2013, tree saplings worth Rs. 10 crore would be planted in all forests in Tamil Nadu
ERODE: The State Government has decided to lay solar fencing around all cultivated lands near the forests in Tamil Nadu, said Forest Minister N. Selvaraj on Tuesday. Mr. Selvaraj said the decision was taken because of frequent complaints from farmers about destruction of cash crops such as sugarcane and coconut by wild animals.
The Minister was distributing loans to people in the hill area at Anthiyur.
National Wildlife Board has already spent Rs 4.24 crore for laying solar fences in Tamil Nadu for 262 km.
In Erode, solar fences were erected for a distance of 85 km, he said.
This financial year such fences would be erected for over 150 km, added the Minister. The Minister said with financial assistance from Japan, forest developmental activities were undertaken in the state and under the afforestation programme Rs 2.58 crore has been granted as loan to 30,254 hill area people in Tamil Nadu.
He said the Government had decided to improve 4.80 lakh hectares of forest land at a cost of Rs. 134 crore.
Similarly, the forest department was adopting a number of tribal settlements to develop the forest cover. In Erode district the department has adopted 78 villages, including 28 villages in Anthiyur.
Loans were advanced to tribal people in the adopted villages. Already Rs. 81 lakh has been granted to 2,098 tribals in Tamil Nadu. The Minister said before 2013, tree saplings worth Rs. 10 crore would be planted in all forest areas in Tamil Nadu. He said he was aware of the frequent destruction of crops by the wild animals. Already a sum of Rs 50 lakh was granted as compensation to 1,683 people who were seriously injured by the wild animals.
This year Rs 95 lakh has been allotted as compensation to the victims and their families. Handloom and Textiles Minister N.K.K.P. Raja who presided over the function requested the people not to destroy forests and spoke extensively about ecology in the forest area. Chief Conservator of Forests Durairasu, Anthiyur MLA S.Gurusamy and others spoke. The district forest officers of Erode and Sathyamangalam also participated.