Union Road Transport Ministry, Nitin Gadkari announced that the project of Khadi and Village Industries (KVIC) called RE-HAB has become a huge success. Thus, it is to be implemented in other states as well. This includes Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
The Project is Reducing Elephant Human Attacks using Bees. It was launched at 4 spots in the Nagarhole National Park of Karnataka. The project aims to prevent elephant human conflicts without creating harm to either of them. The project is highly cost effective.
How does RE-HAB work?
- The Project RE-HAB uses bee boxes as fence to prevent elephants from entering human habitation. The buzz of the bees irritates elephants. Also, elephants fear that the bees might sting them in the inner side of the trunk and in their eyes.
- The bee boxes were provided as a part of Honey Mission.
The National Mission was launched by Khadi and Village Industries in the year 2017. The main aim of the mission is to provide awareness and training in bee keeping.
Need for the Project
The Man-Animal Conflict has increased in the country lately. More than 2400 people have been killed in conflicts with wild elephants all over India since 2015. On the flip side, more than 510 elephants were killed since the 2015 in man-elephant conflicts.
About Nagarhole National Park
- The National Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park and located in Karnataka. It was established in the year 1955. In the 1999, the Government of India declared the park as a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger. In the 2021, the Srivilliputhur Meghamalai Tiger Reserve was added to the list.
- Nagarhole National Park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
What is RE-HAB Project by KVIC