Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rs 32 lakh spent for maintenance of dasara jumbos

Do you know how much does it cost to maintain the elephants that participate in the Dasara festivities for about 45 to 50 days? Its Rs 32 lakh. This is the approximated amount spent for the maintenance of 14 dasara elephants that have arrived from different camps to royal city Mysore.

The expenditure also includes amount spent for elephant caretakers and their family members, who will be residing at the temporary shelter in palace. Per day an average of Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500 spent on each elephants. The cost includes everything right from their transportation to the city from the forests, fodder, medicines including the cost of rope and chains used to bind them as well as the cost of Namra and gadhi (soft cloth placed on elephants).

Deputy Conservator of Forests Devaraj said that for food alone of elephants an average of Rs 20 lakh will be spent. The government has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh, while the District Administration sanctions Rs 7 lakh.
The foods supplied to elephants include banyan tree branches, jaggery, sugarcane, coconut, crushed ground nut extracts, Paddy, and other food which are rich in nutritious, and proteins.

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