Awareness workshop on elephant deaths due to railway accidents
The following highlights were discussed in more detail at the workshop:
- Various processes implemented at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve have helped to improve coordination between forest and railway departments.
- Frequent clearing of foliage near the railway tracks would improve the visibility for locomotive drivers to spot animals, and therefore was deemed to be a crucial process that should be regularly undertaken.
- Improvement of communication between the departments by learning from earlier successes and failures is essential. Communication between station masters and the forest department, particularly about elephant movement, has been enabled via established wireless channels at various stations. This information is relayed to the loco pilots by the station masters.
- Smart infrastructure such as underpasses for wildlife movement under the culverts would need to be planned at feasible sites.
- Blind curves on railway tracks should be properly fenced, to avoid collisions at these risk-prone areas.
- Regular felicitation of railway staff in charge of accident prevention would help boost morale and maintain diligence.
For Further information:
Anil Kumar Singh
Team leader, Terai Arc Landscape
M: +91 9760111709