New Delhi: It`s a new year gift to nearly
1,000 elephants and other wild species who can now wander
freely without any human interference through the Kollegal
corridor in Karnataka.
This has been made possible by an NGO, Wildlife Trust
of India (WTI) supported by its partner the International
Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) which has purchased nearly 25
acre-Kollegal (Edayarhalli?Doddasampige) elephant corridor
from private ownership and transferred to the state
The corridor which connects Kollegal forests to
Biligiri Ranganswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary would be soon
notified to be made a part of a protected area as Karnataka
Forest Department officials and WTI signed the land ownership
transfer agreement last week.
"Purchasing corridor land for securement is a very
good initiative to re-establish the habitat and remove
impediments to elephant movement. Generally, these kind of
initiatives are easier with involvement of NGOs rather than
government doing it alone.
"More corridors need to be secured similarly to ensure
long-term conservation of elephants," said Biswajit Misra,
Karnataka Deputy Conservator of Forests.
Simultaneously, people will be made aware of the
status and significance of the corridor, he added.