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HC issues directions to protect elephants from being mowed down by trains

Press Trust of India  |  Nainital 

The High Court today issued various directions to the for protection of elephants and other wildlife, relocation of nomadic living in protected forests and identification of corridors.

To protect wild elephants who often meet with accidents along railway tracks, the division bench of Acting and Justice directed the to identify corridors, in consultation with the Railways, so that steps to avoid such mishaps could be taken.

After identification of such corridors, trenches and underpasses should be made within two months so that the elephants could be prevented from crossing the railway tracks, the court said, and added that the speed limit of trains while passing through such corridors be fixed at 25 kmph.

The Railway authorities, in consultation with the Forest Department, are directed to use modern to avoid deaths of helpless elephants on the railway tracks, the court said.

The court directed the to prescribe a maximum speed of 40 kmph for motorists on stretches of national highways and state highways that pass through national parks, sanctuaries, protected forests and reserved forests to avoid accidents.

The as well as the are directed to use navigation satellites to track the movement of elephants, particularly in the immediate vicinity of railway tracks, within 12 weeks from today.

The court also directed the to relocate Van Gujjars, living in protected forests, describing them as a threat to wildlife, and asked the to apprise the court how soon this could be done.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:15 IST