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Construction activities affecting natural habitat of elephants

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government today said that construction activities and have adversely affected the natural habitat of elephants, whose population was a little over 27,300 last year.

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, said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Citing a preliminary report, Culture Mahesh Sharma said there were 27,312 in 2017.

Sharma was responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour on behalf of Vardhan, who is the for Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Sharma said the highest population of was in

There was no death of due to poaching in 2017- 18 while the number stood at 16 in 2015-16, he added.

He also said "it is a fact that construction activities and deforestation, have adversely affected the natural habitat of elephants.

"Fragmentation and is 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 is enough and shelter available for elephants.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 18:40 IST