Earthen check dams built to minimise man-elephant conflict

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2018 10:49:51


By Abhishek Kumar,


12 earthen check dams constructed in Surajpur forest division within two years

In a bid to minimise man and elephant conflict and enrich flora and fauna in Surajpur Forest Division of Chhattisgarh, at least 12 earthen check dams have been constructed inside the forests within two years.
Talking to The Hitavada, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Surajpur Bhanu Pratap Singh said that water areas are being increased in Surajpur Forest Division and as part of it at least 12 earthen check dams have been constructed in last two years.

“Water body is the most important component to counter the effect of climate change. So our top priority is to increase water areas in Surajpur forest division. The area is elephant affected. So earthen check dams are being constructed so that elephants could get water in the forests and they do not come out from the forests to villages in search of water,” the Surajpur DFO said.

Construction of earthen check dams is preferred due to its low cost, he added. The purpose of construction of these water bodies are to increase the moisture regime of the soil which finally enriches flora of the area, to provide water to wild animals including elephants specially in summer, to recharge the ground water which finally benefits the people living in the forest and to provide water for domestic purpose of local people and their animals, Bhanu Pratap Singh said.

The Forest Department is emphasising on conservation of landscapes, ecosystem, species and genetic variation, promotion of economic development, which is culturally, socially and ecologically sustainable, he said. The scarcity of water for wild animals can be met by making small water bodies in preferably low land areas, he added. People residing in the forest villages are also benefitted by the earthen check dams for their domestic purposes.