Friday, September 24

Who is responsible for making of the Corridor for Elephants?

Who is responsible for making of the Corridor for Elephants?

I agree its easy to blame than to give a solution. But why are solutions being ignored? Unfortunately in a country where animals are worshiped they are murdered in the broad day light. And the murderers are the administration and people who rule the country.

The recent example is of the gross negligence of the two departments the forest Department and the Railways.

Why forest area was not considered an elephant corridor and a railway route was converted into broad gauge from meter gauge. The administration should realize that the elephants do not understand administrative demarcations. We should not ignore a fact that there are two distinct elephant corridors in the zone.

The incident took place Wednesday night near Binnaguri in Jalpaiguri district. Three months ago; another elephant was run over and killed by a train near the same spot.

Debating on the speed of the train will not get the four of the elephants who died on the spot, while the other three who succumbed to their injuries the next day of the incident. Three of the elephants killed were baby elephants and three were females.

According to various reports, a herd of elephants were crossing the railway track when two baby elephants got trapped. As some other elephants were trying to help them, the speeding train crashed into them.

This is the highest number of elephant deaths in a single railway accident in the country.According to the latest report of the Elephant Task Force (ETF) of the Environment Ministry, after Assam, West Bengal, where the tragedy occurred on Wednesday, is in second position in terms of elephant casualties due to train movements.

Percentage wise, out of 150 jumbo deaths due to train hits since 1987 across the states, Assam's share is a staggering 36 per cent, while West Bengal stood second recording 26 per cent of the casualties, the ETF said.

18 States have estimated population of 26,000  and the 3,500 in captivity.Researchers have found out the  factors for the tragedies are  dispersed water sources, steep embankments along rail tracks, sharp turnings, and sheer speed of trains. Scientists have empirically tested the evidence in Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand, and achieved excellent results in saving elephants.

But the questions remain unanswered are-

Why are the decisions, laws, orders not implemented?

What is the role of the wildlife department?

Why there is lack of coordination between various departments?

Why don't we have strict laws?

When will we have teeth in the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972

Why should the goods train pass through the prime forest area at odd hours, including the period after evening when elephants go out foraging for food?

Why is it not mandatory for trains to slow down near known elephant routes?

In 18 kilometer stretch, elephant death by trains were frequent than why no decision?

Earlier this month India's Environment Ministry declared elephants a "national heritage animal" that should be given the same protection as the endangered tiger.

India has up to 33,000 wild elephants and, as their habitats are encroached by humans, and vast swaths of jungle are cleared for mining projects, confrontations are becoming more common.

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