KOHORA, Sept 26 � A matured wild elephant aged around 55 years has died after coming in contact with a high voltage power line of 440v and the carcass has been recovered at Kukurakata reserve forest under Burapahar (Ghorakhati) range of Kaziranga National Park.
The power line passing through the forest area was erected in 1987 to connect with the microwave tower of BSNL when Kukurakata reserve forest was under Nagoan Forest Division (Territorial). But now Kukurakata has come under Kaziranga National Park since 2002.
The Range Officer of Burapahar range informed this correspondent that a big tree fell on the very low-lying high voltage wire passing across the path of elephant, resulting in hanging of live electric wire that finally led to the death of elephant when it came in contact with it. Kaziranga National Park authority has meanwhile started investigating the matter and taken up the matter with electricity authority.
Sources said that Kaziranga authority will look into the matter seriously and find out whether or not proper permission was taken by concerned electricity authority to erect the high voltage power line passing through the Kukurakata forest.
It is worth mentioning here that a lot of formalities are required nowadays if any construction activities are to be undertaken inside the
forest area, especially from the Ministry of Forest
and Environment, Govt of India. Sources said that Burapahar range has lodged an FIR over the death of the elephant.