Train accidents kill 60 elephants 8 tigers in last three years Env

first_imgNew Delhi: India lost 60 elephants and eight tigers to train accidents in the last three years as several railway tracks run through forest areas, the Environment Ministry told Parliament on Monday.Responding to a query on death of animals due to train accidents, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said movement of wild animals in search of food and water brings them in close proximity to railway lines, leading to accidental deaths. According to the data provided by the minister, 60 elephants, eight tigers and one lion were killed in train accidents between 2016 and 2018-19. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Rail tracks do pass through forest areas also. Movement of wild animals in search of food and water, brings them in very close proximity to railway lines and at times, leads to accidental deaths. “The state/Union territories’ Forest Departments manage the forest and wildlife habitats with cooperation of other sectors,” Javadekar told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The ministry said it has no plan to remove railway tracks from forest areas but several measures have been taken to track animal movement around railway track, especially that of lion. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Adequate number of trackers have been deployed for day-night patrolling to watch lion movement along railway tracks. “Regular and extensive patrolling by frontline field staff of the State Forest Departments is done so that wild animals can be retained in their habitat,” it said. The environment ministry said that standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued to manage tigers dispersing in human-dominated landscapes to safeguard humans as well as the big cats.last_img

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