GUWAHATI: Conflicts between humans and wild elephants continue to be a major problem in several parts of the state of Assam. The southern part of the Kamrup district also faces similar problems occasionally. To mitigate this problem, which is often triggered by the movement of wild elephants outside the forest areas, kits were distributed among a total of 80 people by the management of the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati on the afternoon of Monday.
The management of the Guwahati Airport distributed kits containing rechargeable flashlights, kerosene oil and other equipment, generally used in chasing away wild elephants. 80 such kits were distributed among the people of two localities in case they needed the same. A total of 30 people from Rangamati Bakarapara village and around 50 people from Mirza received these kits.
Several officials from the Guwahati Airport including the Chief Airport Officer Utpal Barua, Finance Controller Mantu Kumar, Human Resources Manager Arnav Phanglocha and Corporate Communication Officer Ruma Devi attended this event and distributed the kits among the citizens of the villages which face problems related to the presence of wild elephants. The distribution of the kits in the Rangamati Bakarapara village was led by Jayant Sharma and Dimbeswar Sharma while the same in Mirza was led by Anup Das and Pankaj Das. It can be added that the distribution of these kits for the mitigation of human-elephant conflicts was carried out under the corporate social responsibilities of the airport operators.
Meanwhile, the body of a wild elephant’s calf was found in Hahim Nowapara village along the Assam Meghalaya border of Boko last week. The body of the calf was found in a paddy field near the Nowapara hills by the locals. After the locals informed the State Forest Department, the Bondapara Forest Range Office staff reached the spot. The dead elephant calf was about 8 to 9 months old. The forest department has sent the body for post-mortem. The wild elephants have been entering the village area in search of food for many years in the Hahim area of Boko along the Assam-Meghalaya border.