Chadivayal: 8 crore approved for setting up elephant rehabilitation center. Coimbatore News – Times of India

Coimbatore: The state government has sanctioned Rs 8 crore to build a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility for elephants. Chadivayal In Boluvampatti Forest Range, Forest Minister M Mathiventhan said on Wednesday.
The government is planning to shift nine elephants from the Elephant Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (ERRC) in MR Palayam at the Chadivyal camp in Trichy, said the minister who inspected the camp along with forest department officials.
The camp has two large sheds for elephants. The Forest Department has sent a proposal to construct 12 more sheds to accommodate the mahouts and their assistants. The department is also planning to install hanging solar fence and strengthen elephant proof trench.
“The department is improving facilities for tourists in Kovai Courtallam, We have sanctioned Rs 1.3 crore for the work,” the minister said.
The minister interacted with reporters at the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (TNFA). “Forest department and TANGEDCO are working together to prevent electrocution of wild elephants. Power lines in low-lying areas have been removed and barbed wire fencing has been put up around electric poles at 1,500 places across the state.
The minister revealed that 20 wild elephants have died in the last four months due to various reasons. “Deaths due to natural causes cannot be avoided. We have taken steps to prevent deaths due to unnatural causes like lightning and train collision.” “106 elephant deaths were reported in 2022; 96 in 2021; 110 in 2020; 108 in 2019; 84 in 2018; And in 2017 there were 125 deaths. 126 deaths were recorded in 2013, the highest in recent years.