Written by Tharushan Fernando
13 Sep, 2015 | 8:37 pm
The consequences of the human-elephant conflict, and the steps taken by authorities to address the long-standing issue, were discussed in depth during the Gammedda programme on the banks of the Minneryia Reservoir on Saturday.
A villager speaking during the programme said:
I spoke to the wildlife officials when the animals demolished my home and the wildlife officers said they do not have a vehicle to come. They only arrived the next day and the animal ate my paddy, broke a window and demolished a wall.
I do not have a vehicle to send to get them to come here. The elephant problem has been aggravated by the garbage dump and ever since the landfill came here. Rotawewa has seen elephants day and night but MPs promise fences only during election time, and for ten to twelve years now, the wildlife officers have been giving advise to the villagers but they only promise fences during an election and do not come this way afterwards.
The villager further stated:
They put up some wire and afterwards they wouldn’t let us continue it but MPs promise fences during elections and the elephant fences are the problemm but they bring it up only to get our vote.
He further noted:
The fence is all we are asking for because I did not ask the MPs for roofing sheets and cement since I have always demanded an electric fence.
The Gammedda programme which was recorded live near the Minneirya Reservoir will be telecast at 10.30 p.m. on Sirasa TV on Sunday
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