"Existing water bodies on the corridor have sufficient water level for the elephants," Ansari said, adding that nearly 70% of the existing water bodies has water available round the year.
"We have also improved the approach paths leading to the natural and artificial water bodies," Ansari said.
"We have more than 25 water natural and artificial sources of water on the corridor, but we have decided to increase the number of the man-made water bodies as part of the project," Ansari said.Every year, elephants destroy crops in the villages located on the edge of the corridor spread across Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha .
JAMSHEDPUR: The forest department will augment water bodies this year to ensure herds of elephants on the dedicated corridor between Jharkhand and West Bengal do not descend to the foothills in search of waterComing in the backdrop of three elephant-related casualties in the last two months in the foothill areas of Dhalbhum subdivision, the department said it will construct two check dams this year and four next year.
"The two check dams will be constructed in the Ghatshila side (Chekam and Narsingpur) in the next few months," said Dhalbhum divisional forest officer (DFO) Saba Alam Ansari.The department is scouting for the site for the construction of the other four check-dams in the Charchakka forest in Ghatshila which is part of the corridor used by elephants to travel between Dalma and West Midnapore in West Bengal.
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