GUWAHATI: In a bid to quell increasing cases of human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Raimona National Park and provide relief to the residents of the surrounding areas, a 10 km solar fence has been installed on the periphery of the park’s Central Range (Kachugaon).
The solar fence will stand as a protective barrier for nearly 568 households hosting a population of approximately 2,700-3,000 individuals across 12 villages including Dumbazar Dumbazaar, Hazariguri, and Golaipara, among others.
The installation, which commenced on August 11, was successfully completed on August 29, providing immediate relief to the people from recurring incidents of HEC. It now awaits its formal inauguration.
A joint initiative of conservation organisations WWF-India and Aaranyak, a noteworthy aspect of this project is the involvement and collaboration of local communities. Out of the total 10 km stretch, Aaranyak took charge of 4.3 km, actively supported by locals. The organisation’s team, led by Anjan Baruah and featuring members such as Jibon Kumar Chetry and Ripunjoy Kumar Nath, worked hand-in-hand with the community to ensure smooth and efficient installation.
Raimona National Park, encompassing an expansive area of 422 sqkm, holds the distinction of being the youngest, sixth national park in Assam. It boasts four distinct ranges, with the Central Range (Kachuagaon) being among them. The park earned its national status through an Assam Gazette Notification issued on June 8, 2021.
The recent installation of the solar fence symbolises a proactive step towards sustainable conservation, ensuring that the growing population of Raimona and its majestic elephants can thrive side by side.