Environment Minister Seeks Detailed Report on Elephant Deaths
New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave, has sought a detailed report on the train accident in Bishnupur area of West Bengal yesterday, leading to the death of three elephants.
Dave has asked all concerned local authorities to find out the exact reason behind the train accident. The Environment Minister has also directed State Forest Department officials to discuss the issue with the Railways authorities and put in place appropriate measures for the conservation of elephants.
The Environment Ministry has initiated steps to prepare a Regional Landscape Plan for the conservation of elephants in the East Central Elephant Landscape, comprising states of West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand and also other elephant areas.
The West Bengal Forest Department has prepared a three-year action plan for controlling human-elephant conflict in South Bengal. The State Forest Department will send SMS alerts to Railway authorities on the movement of elephants near railway tracks to prevent accidents. State Forest Department officials will also holding a meeting with Railway authorities today, following yesterday’s train accident in Bishnpur area of West Bengal.