Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh would be getting 20 elephants from Rajasthan and Andaman. The state requires about 25 tuskers to patrol its forest. Earlier Karnataka government had agreed to provide 30 elephants to MP but denied later. These tuskers would be sent to Kanha National Park first for training purpose. The Rajasthan government has agreed to give 15 elephants while 5 would be given by the Andaman govt.
This development happened during a recent meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority in which authorities from Rajasthan said that they had rounded up 50 elephants from people held captive without licence. MP’s wildlife head Shahbaz Ahmad jumped in and made his demand and his demand was approved immediately. Rajasthan agreed to give 15 tuskers to Madhya Pradesh.
In the same meeting, the forest officials of Andaman and Nicobar islands too agreed to provide five elephants to the MP forest department. After his return from the meeting, Ahmad confirmed that a proposal for the same has been sent to Rajasthan and Andaman’s forest officials. National Parks in Madhya Pradesh require 11 elephants and National Sanctuaries require 10.
Earlier, the Karnataka government had given its ascent to give 30 elephants to the state and the state government had also conducted medical tests of those elephants but in a sudden development, the Karnataka govt denied giving tuskers to MP.
At present all national parks except Panna Park are short of elephants. The national parks require elephants for patrolling as it reaches places that are not accessible through any other means. At present national parks in MP have 53 elephants.