- Published on Monday, 20 May 2013 14:00
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The Wildlife Resources Conservation Ministry commenced construction work on the 46 Km electric fence from Annasigala in Thanamalwila to Icepeella in Wellawaya.
The electric fence will prevent elephant encroachment into villages in the Thanamalwila and Wellawaya areas.
The human-elephant conflict is a serious problem that Sri Lanka has faced for many years. Increased rural habitation and resultant infringement of natural elephant territory as well as accelerated development projects have led to elephants turning ferocious often destroying cultivated land and attacking innocent people leading to disability and more frequently, death.
Sri Lanka Ministry of Wildlife has recorded 252 deaths of wild elephants in 2012 island wide due to shooting and accidents while 66 people have died in the same period due to human- elephant conflict. Cost-effective electric fencing is the only viable solution to this long-standing human-elephant conflict which has cost us many valuable lives and brought elephants in Sri Lanka dangerously close to extinction.
"The electric fence will help protect elephants, reduce the human-elephant conflict and provide safe passage for elephants to their sanctuaries, especially during the dry season,” Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Gamini Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa said.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for allocating money for this project.
Civil Security Department(CSD) personnel will contribute their manpower to construct the 46 Km electric fence which will cost Rs. 2. 3 million.