Panchenai is a border village with forest on one side and thousands of acres of paddy fields on the other sides. Corn and peanut grow well in Panchenai. Unfortunately, that means sleepless nights and wild elephant chasing, as the elephants routinely attack this village in search of food.
Government constructed a nine-kilometer long, solar powered electric fence along the elephant crossing forest border to prevent elephants from entering the village. But the posts of the fence have not been properly protected. There are four gates along the fence and these gates have not been maintained properly either. As a result, herds of elephants often find a way to entering the village by damaging the posts and gates of the fence.
Anpuneri-Panchenai Village Development Society with consultation with Department of Wildlife Conservation and other government officials has come up with a sustainable wild elephant control plan. As part of this plan, guards were employed to patrol the border along the fence to protect the village and crops from the wild elephants. The guards beat tin (“thakaram”), light fires, shout and firing firecrackers to try to chase away the wild elephants. The Development Society paid salaries to the guards with the help of following donors of Anpuneri:
Mr. Anujan Thanapalasingam
Peradeniya University Engineering Zero Batch Friends in Canada
Mr. Akaljan Kana
Mr. Rudran Subramaniam
University of Jaffna 82 Batch Friends in Canada
Mr. Kajan Kathirkamathamby
Mr. Nada Vijayabalan
Anpuneri and the Village Development Society thank the above donors for their generous contribution for the village development project.