COIMBATORE: The forest department has decided to install CCTV surveillance cameras in forest fringe areas to avoid man-animal conflicts in the Coimbatore forest division.
According to a forest official, following frequent man-animal conflict, a proposal was sent to government seeking funds to install CCTV surveillance cameras on the forest borders where elephants frequently walk out of the woods to enter human habitats and fields.
The proposal was recently accepted by the Edappadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK government. “As soon as we receive the funds, a trial on installing cameras and surveillance will be carried in the Madhukkarai range in Kovai forest division, he said.”
The paths frequently used by elephants are being recorded by the patrolling staff and CCTV cameras will be fixed there and monitored from the control room. These paths will be blocked using hanging electrical fences in course of time, added the source.
As one of the safety measures to avoid man-animal conflicts, a cautionary notice was also sent to the district collector from the Forest department on illegal mining carried out in the Thadagam valley areas that comes under HACA (Hill Area Conservation).