Elephant deaths from trains spur action

Sept. 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM

NEW DELHI, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- India's railway and forest departments say a lack of communication between the two offices was responsible for elephants being killed by trains.

After a meeting of officials of the two departments in Jalpaiguri, measures were announced to prevent such incidents, Press Trust of India reported.

A Forest Department official would be permanently posted in Alipurduar railway junction to alert the Railways Department about the presence of elephants near the tracks, to allow the railways to take preventive steps, Chief Conservator of Forest (North Bengal) Balaram Jakhar said.

It was also decided to clear brush from the track for 30 yards on both sides, he said.

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