Jamshedpur : The state forest department has identified several points that are crucial for the easy movement and sustainable living of the elephants in the Dalma sanctuary and, the prominent among them are constructing newer water bodies, solar fencing of the forest area and protection of the green cover in letter and spirit especially, on the Jharkhand-Bengal stretch.
“The water bodies are of prime importance for the sustainable survival of the elephants in the forest cover and we are concentrating our focus much on this subject at the moment,” said a forest officer.
He said perennial water sources in the Dalma forest range had been catering to the water need of the tuskers for long but owing to the rising temperature, several water sources got dried up which led the department to initiate the work, afresh.
“It is not just of reviving the old ponds but we are also identifying sites for the construction of new water bodies on the Jharkhand-Bengal stretch to ensure availability of the water to the elephants round the calendar year,” he said.
Though, he did not mention but sources in the Dhalbhum and Seraikela forest department have informed that at a dozen odd sites have been identified for the construction of new water bodies in the forest stretch leading to the neighbouring Bengal.
“The purpose is to let the elephant (s) have easy access to the water bodies so that they are prevented from descending on the field in search of water,” said a forest ranger.
The new water bodies will have a better slop area to prevent potential accidents of the elephants and the second and important thing is that a dedicated team of forest personnel will keep regular watch on the water bodies.
For the adequate availability of water, the new water bodies will not depend entirely on the monsoon as the forest department is planning to make alternative arrangements to ensure availability of water in the water bodies round the year.
The perennial water sources are basically ponds running 15 to 20 feet deep while the new artificial water sources would also have the same depth, more or less.
“With irregular monsoon the need for preserving water has necessitated the idea to have alternative arrangement for supplying water to the ponds atop the hilly forest,” said a forest official.