Koraput, April 28 (LocalWire): Jeypore forest division authority have renovated over 100 of its water bodies and dug hundreds of saucer pits situated deep inside the forest under five of its forest range to ensure that animals and birds do not succumb due to the scorching heat.
‘As the temperature is rising and the summer is becoming unbearable, wild animals face water crisis.
We have, therefore, renovated at least 104 ponds in our forest division to ensure that water is stored to meet the drinking and bathing requirements of the wild animals,’ said Aswin Kumar Kar, divisional forest officer, Jeypore.
Apart from renovating the ponds measuring 40mx30m, the department has also dug over 300 hundred saucer pits and constructed trenches and earthen bunds to store perennial source of water which flows through the forest.
‘We have also constructed check dams and nullahs inside the forest to ensure the flow of stored water till the last point of the forest. Our aim is to ensure that every part of the forest has sufficient water,’ Kar said.
‘Presently, there has been no report of animals succumbing to heat wave,’ he added.
With a geographical area of 2498 square kilometres, the Jeypore forest division consisting of Jeypore, Boipariguda, Kotpad, Gupteswar and Borigumma forest range has forest cover of 1104 sqkms.
The Jeypore forest division has a high concentration of barking and spotted dear, sloth bear, wild boar, hare, peacock, porcupine and parrots among others.
‘In 2017 census, we had spotted at least five leopards under Jeypore and Boipariguda forest range.
This year’s census report is yet to be published,’ the officer said.
Koraput, which is considered as one of the coolest place in the state has turned into a cauldron in the past two weeks with day temperatures recording upto 39 degree Celsius in the district.