Madras HC orders authorities to clear brick kilns from elephant corridors

The Madras High Court has directed the Tamilnadu government and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests to come up with a plan to clear elephant corridors in Thadagam valley in Coimbatore of brick kilns.

The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, before whom the plea pending since last year came up for hearing on Wednesday, said: ‘Some corridors must be restored, even if it may not be possible to restore all.

The right of passage must be given to elephants to move from one tract of land to another in such a manner which does not cause much displacement to humans, yet allows the animals the freedom they deserve.’

Based on this, the bench on recording the submission of the Forest department that the damage done cannot be undone and it’s a mammoth task to restore the corridor, directed the State to come out with an action plan in consultation with the Principal Conservator of Forests to indicate how man-animal conflict could be avoided and right of passage given to elephants.

Also, the bench on pointing out that some measures must be taken for the unhindered passage of elephants from one track to another without straying into human habitation, directed the submission of a report to the petitioners at least two days ahead of the next hearing after four weeks.