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SC: Use radars to stop elephant deaths on Tracks

 

 

 The Times of India, New Delhi, 3rd September, 2014

 

NEW DELHI: First, the proposal was to construct flyovers on railway tracks to allow elephants safe passage. Then realization dawned that elephants may be unwilling to take flyovers, so it would be better to build underpasses at the usual routes taken by the pachyderms. 

 

And now, efforts to save elephants from getting knocked down by trains appear to have reached war footing with the Supreme Court suggesting deployment of advanced radars used by defence forces to trace and inform train drivers about presence of elephants on railway tracks. 

 

On the suggestion of petitioner Shakti Prasad Nayak's counsel Sanjeeb Panigrahi, the court asked the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) and railways to explore the option of using Battlefield Surveillance Radar System.