48-day rejuvenation camp for temple elephants begins

Coimbatore, Feb 8 (PTI) Twenty six elephants from various
temples and mutts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were brought to
Thekampatti in the district for the nearly two month long
rejuvenation camp, which got underway on Monday.
Nutritious food, top class treatment for ailments will be
provided to the pachyderms at the 48-day camp, HR& CE
department sources said.
The government has allocated Rs 1.67 crore for the camp
and all steps are being taken for the safety and protection of
the pachyderms, particularly to prevent entry of wild
elephants from the jungles, they said.
Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan,Local Administration
minister S P Velumani and HR&CE Minister Sevur S Ramachandran
inaugurated the camp by feeding fruits and sugarcane to the
The annual camp, organised by the Hindu Religious and
Charitable Endowments Department since 2003, was introduced by
former chief minister Jayalalithaa. PTI NVM APR

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