Indian Railways have come up with a novel way of getting elephants to buzz off from train tracks: speakers that play the sound of bees to scare the jumbos away. Almost 70 elephants were killed by trains between 2013 and June this year, mostly in Assam and northern West Bengal.
But nearly 50 buzzing amplifiers have been deployed as part of “Plan Bee” at a dozen “elephant corridors” in the vast forests of Assam, home to nearly 6,000 elephants, 20% of the country’s total.
“We were looking for means to stop the elephants from coming on to the tracks and our officers came up with this device,” said Indian Railways spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma.
The buzzing is played as trains approach vulnerable points and can be heard up to 600 metres away, he added. Read More