First-of-its-kind step to save elephants! In a bid to prevent elephants from being hit by Indian Railways’ trains passing through Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) in Uttarakhand, authorities have come up with a plan. Soon, seismic sensors and thermal cameras will be installed near railway tracks to warn the train drivers of animal movement.
According to a PTI report, this advance detection system will be installed along railway tracks passing through the reserve’s 18-km Kansro range, where in the last three decades, more than two dozens animals, mostly elephants, have been killed by trains. The advance detection system is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country.
Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) Director PK Patra was quoted in the report saying that the system will be installed within six months. A total of ten seismic sensors as well as thermal cameras will be installed along the railway tracks at six points in the range, he said. Read More
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