Here's How Indian People Keep Elephants Off Train Tracks
Thu, April 22, 2021

Here's How Indian People Keep Elephants Off Train Tracks


Elephants in India are under constant threat of human-related conflicts. Previous reports showed that over 700 elephants were killed in human-related incidents between 2011 and  2019. Indian authorities have also reported several train collisions that killed many of these animals. From 1987 to July 2017, train collisions in the country killed 266 elephants while nearly 30 elephants were struck by trains between 2013 and 2018. 


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Unfortunately, simply making the elephants stay away from train tracks isn’t effective. Thus, the Moradabad Railway Division decided to install audio systems that play the sound of buzzing bees along the train tracks because these animals are terrified of them. “The idea was worked upon jointly by the railways and forest department and implemented around two years ago to keep animals off the railway track. The loudspeakers that have been installed at select railway crossings where animal zones exist play the buzzing sound of honey bees,” divisional railway manager Tarun Prakash said. 


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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the speaker system was first installed over the Haridwar-Dehradun track, which passes through Rajaji National Park, last 2018. Since then, over 50 of these systems have also been installed at known elephant corridors along the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). This sound aims to distract elephants, making them move away from the railway tracks. 


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The sound is played for a few minutes before a train arrives and is audible to elephants nearly 2,000 feet away. “The system has proved to be a success as no incident of a collision between train and animals has occurred in the last two years,” Prakash said. 

Also, conductors of the train were instructed to temporarily reduce their speed upon approaching the stations. 




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