Wildlife census begins



Wildlife census begins Erode: Work on wildlife census began on Friday in the Sathyamangalam forest in the disrict, forest officials said.

District Forest Officer, Sathyamangalam, N Sathish said the census is being conducted with participation of volunteers of a NGO, OSAI of Coimbatore, students of Bannariamman Institute of Technology, another NGO, SEWA of Erode and wildlife enthusiasts.

District Forest Officer, Sathyamangalam, N Sathish said the census is being conducted with participation of volunteers of a NGO, OSAI of Coimbatore, students of Bannariamman Institute of Technology, another NGO, SEWA of Erode and wildlife enthusiasts.

Census would be conducted for three days till Sunday.

Modern equipment including Laser Rangefinders is being used for enumeration of wild animals.

For wildlife census, linetransect direct count, carnivore sign survey, dung count and waterhole count systems would be adopted, he added.

In Maharashtra, the percentage of households using open space for toilet is highest in Beed (73.2) followed by Gadchiroli (71.9), Parbhani (70.1) and Osmanabad (68.9).

Compared to the national level Maharashtra, however, has better figures in terms of availability of bathroom to households.

Deol said 64.3 percent households have bathroom (covered roof) and 14.6 percent use open space (without any enclosure). These figures at the national level are 42 percent and 41.6 percent.

In the households with access to tap water at the district level, he said, Mumbai district ranks first at the district level recording the highest percentage of 97.8 households using tap water as the main source of drinking water.

Mumbai suburban follows Mumbai district with 96.5 percent, Deol said.

This figure is between 90 to 80 percent in districts -- Jalgaon (88.7), Kolhapur (85.4), Dhule (83.9), Thane (80.8) and Pune (80.6).

The lowest proportion of households with tap water as the main source is reported in Gondiya district (17.5) followed by Gadchiroli (19.5), Sindhudurg (30.7), Hingoli (35.9) and Bhandara (38.0).

The census also registered 58.8 per cent households as owning TV sets and 13.3 per cent computer/laptop compared to 47.2 and 9.5 per cent, respectively.

The share of households owning two wheelers here at 24.9 percent and four wheelers at 5.9 percent is marginally higher than the national level of 21 per cent and 4.7 percent, respectively, he said.

Census in Maharashtra was taken in two phases with the first consisting of house listing and housing census, while the second phase was that of actual enumeration of population during February 9-28, 2011, Deol added.

PTI