Bengaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday September 21 said that compensation for crop damage and death caused by wild elephants will be increased.
He mentioned that fencing is being put up along the habitat for elephants. “We would double the compensation for crop loss and loss of human life caused by wild elephants,” he informed the House during a discussion about the issue.
He said that to prevent elephants from moving toward human habitations, the forest service has been ordered to cultivate plants in the deep forest regions where they normally live.
“Budget allocation for addressing the elephant issue has increased from Rs. 50 Crore to Rs. 100 Crore,” he said. He added that the government only spent about 30 per cent of the allocated budget, which was about Rs. 50 Crore earlier.
He said that Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, and North Karnataka were all affected by the elephant problem.