Mechanism to protect elephants from trains
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 25, 2010, 23:52
Jalpaiguri (WB): The Forest department and the Railways on Saturday admitted that communication gap between the two departments was responsible for crushing of elephants by trains and decided to take certain measures to prevent such incidents.

A forest official would be permanently posted in Alipurduar railway junction to alert the railways about the presence of elephants near the tracks as communication gap had led to death of elephants on tracks, Chief Conservator of Forest (North Bengal), Balaram Jakhar said after attending a meeting of officials of the two departments here.

In such a situation the railways could take preventive steps, Alipurduar Divisional Railway Manager, Sachhidananand Singh said. It would reduce the communication gap, said Singh who also attended the meeting at the Garumara forest office.

It was also decided to clear off bushes 30 m from the track on both sides, he said.

Officials of both the departments would meet every three months to review the situation, Jakhar said.

Seven elephants died after being hit by a goods train in Jalpaiguri district on September 22.


First Published: Saturday, September 25, 2010, 23:52

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