Mangaluru: Retaining wall on Shiradi Ghat hindering elephant movement

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Dec 10: Forest department officials reveal that the construction of a retaining wall along Shiradi Ghat is impeding the natural movement of elephants in their traditional corridor, extending from Charmadi to Shiradi, Bisile, Pushpagiri, and into Kerala.

The interference with this elephant corridor has resulted in elephants encroaching upon human habitats on the outskirts of forests, causing concerns over crop destruction and, more critically, posing a risk to human lives.

In recent weeks, villages bordering the Western Ghats have reported frequent crop damage, prompting an investigation into the causes. Forest officials attribute this behavior to the hindrance created by the retaining wall, constructed on both the valley and hill sides throughout Shiradi Ghat.

While the retaining wall serves the purpose of highway safety, forest officials argue that it disrupts the elephants' movement. Animal underpasses, measuring 10 feet in height, are provided at only three locations – Periyashanti, Rekya, and Addahole. However, officials assert that these three underpasses are inadequate for a forest spanning 50 km.

The 10-foot height of the retaining wall makes it challenging for elephants to climb over, limiting their movement to one side of the forest. Forest officials note that the buffer zone on the outskirts of forests, where human colonies have now developed, was previously uninhabited by humans. This shift has contributed to elephants venturing into residential areas.

Antony Mariyappa, DCF of Mangaluru division, stated, "Elephants seek alternative paths when their regular routes are obstructed, leading them to venture into farms and streets. Their presence in human habitats is not solely due to food scarcity in the forest."

Dr Karikalan, Range Forest Officer in Mangaluru, added, "Elephants are nomadic creatures. While moving through their corridor, they may occasionally enter nearby farms. Our staff makes efforts to guide them back to the forest."






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  • Saravanbhavaan, Murukaveri

    Mon, Dec 11 2023

    Highways can be bypassed or under passed in some places without damaging nature so that animals can move freely across.Government should use foreign technology.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 11 2023

    Whosesover xperts idea this is; controlling the movement of wild animals, after barbaric destruction of their natural habitat, which are in desperation in search of food and water especially as the extreme heat wave condition increases will be a very very counterproductive action IMHO! Days are not far off when many wild animals would find their way into cities! The above is a very very personal opinion; those who disagree may please put their counter views for enhancement of my understanding and knowledge 🙏🙏

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Dec 11 2023

    the more we trouble the wild animals....the more we have to suffer...they will make our life miserable...better to find alternate ways than disturbing them...better to live a simple life....

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 11 2023

    The best way is make tunnels for vehicle movements in shiradi ghats . Like how Mumbai has made . Unfortunately our minsters cant eat commissions when contract given to a advanced company like L7T or any international company

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Dec 11 2023

    One has to decide either for elephants or roads.that ahould have thought before planning the Ghat retaining walls.

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