Pachyderms keep officials on toes for third day (Tirupattur)
Tharian Mathew, DT Next
May 17, 2023
The joint team of forest, revenue, police, and panchayat officials were on
their toes for the third consecutive day as the two wild elephants came
close to Tirupattur town on Wednesday morning.
In an instant caution, Collector D Baskara Pandian sent out a message via
WhatsApp to residents of Pachal, Annandapatti, and Achamangalam not to step
out or disturb the animals.
“Revenue staff have been posted every three km near the spot where the
jumbos were wandering to provide alerts on the direction in which they walk
as they have moved from the base of the Yelagiri hills to the outskirts of
Tirupattur town,” Baskara Pandian told DT Next.
Both the Collector and DFO Naga Satish Gidijala oversaw the ongoing
operations from the terrace of a house in Balanaikanpatti. Of the five
forest department teams formed, two monitored the direction the movement of
the animal duo, while the rest were cautioning residents to stay indoors.
Officials believe that the two elephants would not move out of the lake
near Asiriyar Nagar as it has good storage. “Our carefully-laid plans to
move the animals toward the forests in Krishnagiri district about 15 km
away may not immediately work as the animals are meandering in different
directions,” Baskara Pandian said.
Asked if regular work has been affected, he said, “It is the forest
department that is doing the job and we are only providing support to them.”
The highlight of the day was when a forest staffer in mufti was seen
carrying a huge flask and paper cups – to provide sustenance for forest
staff keeping a watch over the elephants - was mistaken for a tea seller
with locals asking him the price for a cup of tea.