Prevent Elephant Deaths On Railway Tracks

Prevent Elephant Deaths On Railway Tracks: Elephants are known to be one of the most intelligent animals on planet Earth, but they haven’t applied that smart to The Indian Railways. The Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has set up a permanent coordination committee to prevent incidents of elephant deaths on railway tracks.

Prevent Elephant Deaths On Railway Tracks: Key-Points

A high-powered coordination committee of the Railway and Environment Ministry has been constituted that would take stock of the situation every three months and accordingly action would be taken to avoid elephant deaths.

This was stated by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav in the Lok Sabha. Yadav said that 19 elephants were killed across the country on railway tracks in 2018-19, 14 in 2019-20, and 12 in 2020-21.

A Standing Committee on the Railways in 2013 had recommended restricting the speed of trains at vulnerable locations to reduce collisions. This translated into trains slowing down to 50 mph or less in vulnerable locations.

Steps were taken to Prevent Elephant Deaths On Railway Tracks

Several steps were taken to reduce the number of elephants deaths, the Minister noted. These included –

  1. making permanent and temporary speed restrictions in identified elephant corridors and habitats,
  2. making underpasses and ramps for the movement of elephants at identified locations,
  3. providing fencing at selected locations,
  4. erecting signs to warn train drivers about identified elephant corridors,
  5. sensitizing train crew and station masters to avoid train collisions with elephants and
  6. clearing vegetation on the sides of track within railway land.