Chennai, June 8 (BPNS)
The Valparai municipality in Tamil Nadu is in the dock after the plastic waste was found in the dung of wild elephants in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR).
Forest department field staff and elephant researchers found plastic dung in more places like Rottikadai and Nallamudi Pooncholai viewpoints in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR).
It may be noted that in September 2022, ATR officials have requested the Valparai municipality to collect garbage and process it fast as food waste would attract wild animals including elephants and monkeys.
Sources in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve told IANS that the Valparai municipality did not heed to the request made by the ATR and hence several wild animals including elephants used to feed on these food wastes leading to the presence of practice granules in their stomach.
The presence of plastic granules in elephant dung, according to the forest department, is critical to the health of these pachyderms and urged the municipality to take action at the earliest to process waste garbage at source. The lack of segregating the plastic waste from the garbage dumped is another reason for the presence of plastic granules in the stomach of the elephants.
G. Manikantan, Forest Range Officer ,Valparai told media persons that the presence of plastic waste in elephant dung is a reality and added that Valparai municipality has to adhere to solid waste management techniques.
The Valparai municipality Chairman, Alagu Sundaram while speaking to BPNS said that the municipality was buying a machine to shred plastics from the waste generated. He also said that door-to-door wastage collection has commenced in the municipality.