07 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to keep elephants off the tracks to avert accidents, the East Coast Railway, in collaboration with the Forest Department will install devices which mimic the humming of a swarm of bees.
While elephant casualties on tracks have been a cause of concern for the State, the ‘Plan Bee’ of Railways is expected to curb the mishaps significantly, said Sandeep Tripathy, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Odisha.
The device produces and amplifies the buzz of swarming honeybees, which is considered as a natural nemesis of elephants and is audible to pachyderms 600 meters away and thus helps them in keeping away from the tracks.
“The pilot project has already started in Dhenkanal Forest Division and yielded positive results. In the next phase this device will be installed in elephant corridors in Jharsuguda Forest Division and at a later stage the project will be extended to other forest divisions of the State,” Tripathi added.
The Northeast Frontier Railway adopted ‘Plan Bee’ in 2017 in which a device costing Rs 2000 was first installed at the level crossing near the Guwahati railway station.