November 01, 2015

Tiger Reserve's electric fencing with high voltage

The Madras High Court bench here has directed the Forest Department to form a special team for taking action against farmers who put up high voltage electric fencing in the Tiger Reserve area near Kalakkad Mundanthurai in Tirunelveli district.

Justices R Sudhakar and VM Velumani gave the direction while hearing a PIL filed by S Ramesh Kumar, an advocate, who charged that high power electric fencing had been installed without any permission to protect crops.

The petitioner submitted that recently a bear had electrocuted in Kadayam forest near the tiger reserve.

As per rules, permission was granted only for solar-powered electric fencing with 23 volt capacity. But farmers installed electric fence without the knowledge of the Forest Department, supplying 230 volt power.

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