Bhubaneswar, December 23 (LocalWire) : A herd of wild elephants strode their way into NH-55 near Gopalpur chowk in Odisha’s Cuttack district bringing the vehicular traffic to a halt on Monday noon hours.
The vehicular traffic continues to be disrupted as the jumbos are showing no signs of leaving the highway corridors, according to the latest reports received here.
The movement of pachyderms along the highway has become daily ritual in these parts of the State. Incidentally locals including vehicle drivers have taken the jumbos’ the movement in their stride. They are not scared. They patiently wait till the elephants traverse through the highway.
The elephant trackers armed Global Positioning System (GPS) locate the movement of elephants and alert of vehicular movement on animals passage corridors. The vehicular movement is suspended for ten to fifteen minutes every day to allow unhindered passage to elephants. The elephant herds mostly prefer early morning hours or late afternoon hours to cross the highway, said officials.
The highway elephant squad personnel had earlier sounded alert in advance regarding the highway migration of elephants. The squad is on the vigil. The elephants are likely to disperse into the forest area shortly, after which the vehicular movement will begin, said officials of Athgarh forest division.
The highway stays along migration path of elephants. The animals march through the NH at specific pockets either during the sunrise and daybreak. Nine locations have been identified as NH movement paths of these animals, added the officials.