From Our Correspondent
Guwahati, February 16, 2018
Alarmed by the death of elephants by trains and electrocution, Assam government will soon have a sensor based barriers along railway tracks and a mobile App to share information about elephant movement to prevent such incidents.
Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said in the state Assembly that suchsteps are being worked out and will soon be made operational.
“The government is concerned over death of elephants and killing of people after being attacked by wild animals. So we have already set up co-ordination committees with stakeholders such as villagers, forest department personnel, railway staffs, power department staffs, NGOs and others to prevent such incidents. We have a WhatsApp group to share information in order to avoid train hit and electrocution cases. The herd movement is regularly monitored and many incidents have already been prevented,” Brahma, who faced flak following recent deaths, told the Assembly on Thursday.
Five elephants were mowed down by Guwahati-Silchar train near Hojai in central Assam on Sunday night. Similarly six elephants were killed in December in Sonitpur district, triggering blame-game between the Railways and forest department.
According to NGOs, at least 45 elephants have been killed by trains or in electrocution since November last year. At least 463 people have died in man-animal conflicts since 2013 while 374 were injured during the same period.