Government takes measures to prevent animals killed by running trains in the country

Government takes measures to prevent animals killed by running trains in the country
 PREVENT+KILLING+OF+ANIMALS

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 

RAJYA SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3148 
ANSWERED ON 20.03.2020 

STEPS TAKEN TO PREVENT KILLING OF ANIMALS BY RUNNING TRAINS 

3148. SHRI C. M. RAMESH: 

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state: 

(a) the number of animals, specially cows, buffaloes and elephants that got killed by running trains in the country, State-wise and loss suffered by Railways on these account, the details thereof; and 

(b) the details of the steps taken by Government to minimise such incidents and to formulate punitive action against the erring persons? 

ANSWER 
MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY 
(SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL) 

(a) & (b): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House. 

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) AND (b) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3148 BY SHRI C.M. RAMESH ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 20.03.2020 REGARDING STEPS TAKEN TO PREVENT KILLING OF ANIMALS BY RUNNING TRAINS

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(a) As per the information available with Zonal Railways, details of animal deaths Zonal Railway-wise are as under. These details are not collected State-wise and no systematic record is maintained on the loss incurred on this account.

Year
2019
2020
(upto 12 March, 2020)
Railway
Cows
Buffaloes
Elephants
Cows
Buffaloes
Elephants
Central
243
135
0
62
40
0
Eastern
125
60
0
20
5
0
East Central
290
199
0
100
105
0
East Coast
25
45
2
6
11
0
Northern
157
85
2
37
19
0
North Central
2126
3188
0
632
1022
0
North Eastern
1750
381
0
329
54
0
Northeast Frontier
0
0
4
0
0
2
North Western
51
2
0
5
0
0
Southern
81
298
2
13
34
0
South Central
58
294
0
14
88
0
South Eastern
0
0
0
0
0
2
South East Central
1786
94
0
361
20
0
South Western
23
23
0
4
4
0
Western
1518
820
0
189
143
0
West Central
4039
52
0
555
13
0

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(b) Some preventive measures taken by Zonal Railways include:
(i) Identification of hot spots for animal run over,
(ii) Regular coordination with Forest Officials for incidents involving wild animals,
(iii) Imposition of speed restrictions in identified locations,
(iv) Provision of signage board,
(v) Sensitization of Train Crew and Station Masters on a regular basis,
(vi) Need based clearance of vegetation on the sides of the track within railway land,
(vii) Construction of underpasses and ramps for the movement of elephants at identified locations,
(viii) Provision of boundary wall/fencing at selected locations,
(ix) Forest Department staff deputed in Railway control offices to liaison with Railway and elephant trackers engaged by Forest Department for timely action by alerting station master and loco pilots,
(x) Installation of innovative Honey bee sound systems at locations, which are prone to crossing of elephants,
(xi) Counselling of villagers for avoiding cattle coming near track. 

Source : RAJYA SABHA

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