Director General of Forests, Siddhanta Das has assured that the Union Environment and Forest Ministry will provide the assistance to Meghalaya Government to address the concerns of human- animal conflict and for securing corridor for the safe passage of migratory elephants along the Indo-Bangla border.
Speaking to media persons during the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Trans-Boundary Conservation of Elephants which began here in Shillong on Thursday, Das said that there were 9000 elephants in the North East and many migratory elephants keeping on moving to and fro between Bangladesh from Meghalaya.
‘We have discussed on how to give them (elephant) a safe passage and how to have capacity building measures to minimize human animal conflict. As the elephants go from one habitat to other habitat using natural migration corridors, we need to stress on the need to conserve the existing elephant corridors besides identifying new corridors to enable the elephants for the safety of the animal and to avoid conflict with human beings,’ Das told reporters.
When asked about the elephant population in the country, Das claimed that the population of elephant was increasing and as per the last population census. The number of elephants was 30000 in the country as per the last census report and a synchronised population study conducted recently indicated that the elephant population was increasing though actual findings of the study would be announced shortly.