Berhampur, Jan 25 (LocalWire) A coordination meeting between forest officials in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh has resolved to maintain better coordination between two states to track movement of elephants.
The meeting was held at Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
The coordination meeting was held after forest officials of Andhra Pradesh complained about a herd of seven elephants from Odisha entering some areas of border district Srikakulam recently and destroying standing crops.
Andhra Pradesh forest officials reportedly asked their Odisha counterparts to drive away the pachyderms to their side, while Odisha officers said it is not possible as elephants have been declared as national heritage and can move as per their wish, sources said.
Depredation of elephants could be prevented only by tracking their movements .
“We have decided to maintain better coordination among forest officials of both the states. They will be shared the information about the movement of the herd in both the adjoining states,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Berhampur AK Behera.
Besides Behera, Regional Chief Conservator of Forests (RCCF) Berhampur Suresh Pant, DFO Paralakhemundi, Koraput, Rayagada and forest officials of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh took part in the coordination meeting.