Construction Activities Affecting Natural Habitat of Elephants
To conserve habitats, the central and state governments are taking various steps, including afforestation and reforestation, to prevent the death of animals and human beings, Union Minister Harsha Vardhan said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Citing a preliminary report, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said there were 27,312 elephants in 2017. Sharma was responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour on behalf of Vardhan, who is the Minister for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
He also said "it is a fact that construction activities and deforestation, have adversely affected the natural habitat of elephants. "Fragmentation and deforestation are severely affecting the animals, including elephants," Vardhan said in the written reply.
He also said that improvement of national parks, wildlife sanctuary, critical habitat, including that of elephant reserves and corridors, was regularly carried out so that there are enough food and shelter available for elephants.
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