COIMBATORE: A delegation of Madras High Court judges on Sunday inspected the railway line between Podanur and Walayar and provided an update on the measures taken by the Southern Railway and the Tamil Nadu Forest Department to prevent elephants savages from being killed by high-speed trains.
Judges V Bharathidasan R Subramanian, N Sathishkumar, M Dhandapani, R Pongiappan and GK Ilanthiraiyan traveled in a tour car on the two railway lines A and B where most of the wild elephant deaths occurred while line B passes inside the forest.
Southern Railway officials explained to them the provision of ramps to facilitate the movement of elephants and solar-powered lights that warn locomotive drivers of the presence of elephants. According to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, since 2008 there have been six incidents of trains colliding with elephants in which 11 elephants have been killed. The judges also visited Marappalam, an elephant corridor near Coonoor, after national road widening works reportedly hampered the animals’ movement.
Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forests Supriya Sahu, Coimbatore Collector GS Sameeran, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Chief Wildlife Warden Syed Muzammil Abbas and Conservator of Forests S Ramasubramanian accompanied the judges.