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For the Safety of Elephants now Sensors will be Installed on the Railway Tracks

For the safety of elephants crossing the railway tracks, the Rajaji Tiger Reserve will now install sensors on the railway lines stretching from Kansaro to Motichoor. In this Pilot Project, around 10 sensors will be installed within 1 km area which will help the elephants to safely cross the tracks.

It has been recorded that the Tiger Reserve from 1987 to 2017 has seen the deaths of 21 elephants, being rammed to death by the speeding trains. The railway track passing through Rajaji Tiger Reserve has marked 11 sensitive zones from Kansaro to Motichoor, which has recorded the deaths of many tuskers and now measures are being taken to stop it.

For the Safety of Elephants now Sensors will be Installed on the Railway Tracks

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On noticing so many fatal deaths of elephants, the Tiger Reserve Park took safety measures and ordered the officers to constantly patrol on the railway tracks. The trains were directed to slow their speed and blow the horn while passing through the reserve area. On behalf of the department, the railways were given a wireless set but this couldn’t stop the accidents from happening.

On behalf of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve’s Pilot Project now sensors will be installed from Kansaro to Motichoor, the work for which will begin soon. These sensors will be placed on both sides of the track and when the elephants will come within 5 to 10 metre radius of the track, the Forest Department Officers and the Railway Officers will get the alert of the elephant’s movement on the railway line, hence saving its life.

Src: Amar Ujala

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