Intrusion Detection System for elephant safety in state

  • | Sunday | 26th November, 2023

RUDRAPUR: In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at protecting elephants in the Terai forests of Uttarakhand, the Indian Railways and the state forest department are joining forces to introduce the Intrusion Detection System (IDS) along the Lalkuan-Gularbhoj and Lalkuan-Rudrapur railway tracks.Listed among the 100 most sensitive tracks for wild animals, these routes have witnessed alarming incidents of elephantfatalities in recent times.The IDS, a cutting-edge technology, will play a pivotal role by providing advanced warnings to railway personnel through the detection of vibrations caused by elephants near the tracks.The forest department is also gearing up for the construction of underpasses and flyovers strategically to impede elephant movement across the tracks. The IDS will complement these efforts by alerting local loco pilots, station masters, and station superintendents about the presence of elephants, mitigating the risk of collisions.Himanshu Bagri, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Terai Central Forest Division, said, Both Lalkuan-Gularbhoj and Lalkuan-Rudrapur railway tracks are vulnerable to elephants. The IDS technology will provide the railways with advanced information about elephant arrivals, and we are also preparing underpasses at these locations. Despite prior efforts, 21 elephants have been killed in train accidents in Uttarakhand since the states formation in 2020. We also published the following articles recentlyTech boost for elephant safety: Railways, forest dept roll out Intrusion Detection SystemIndian Railways and Uttarakhands forest department are collaborating to introduce the Intrusion Detection System (IDS) along vulnerable railway tracks in Uttarakhands Terai forests. The IDS will detect vibrations caused by elephants near the tracks and provide advanced warnings to railway personnel. The forest department is also constructing underpasses and flyovers to impede elephant movement. Despite previous efforts, train accidents have resulted in the death of 21 elephants in Uttarakhand since 2020. The IDS implementation is expected to reduce these incidents and create a safer environment for wildlife and railway operations.Five elephants electrocuted in Jharkhand forestA herd of five wild elephants, including two calves, two adult females, and a male, tragically died in Jharkhands East Singhbhum district after being electrocuted by a high-tension overhead electrical wire. The incident occurred when the elephants were traversing a clay mound near a trench, and one of their trunks accidentally touched the live wire. The close proximity of the herd resulted in the electrocution of all five elephants. A veterinary team will conduct autopsies to investigate the matter further.Where white elephants are an uneasy metaphorOliver, a tourist from Denmark, had a fantastic elephant ride at Hathi Gaon in Amber. However, the welfare of elephants and the earnings of travel agents and mahouts remain a concern. The fare for rides has not increased in 13 years, leaving them with small earnings. A recent fare hike was implemented for only 12 days before being stalled. The mahout community, with about 25,000 people, struggles to make ends meet with their low pay. The upcoming elections have brought excitement to Hathi Gaon.

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