August 11, 2016
In yet another attempt to curb the tragic and gruesome elephant deaths on the railway track between Madukkarai and Palakkad, officials of the Tamil Nadu Forest Department sensitised the locomotive pilots about the behaviour of these animals in the Palakkad region, on Thursday.
The session was held after more than 3 elephants were killed on the tracks in less than 40 days.
According to a higher official from the Coimbatore forest department, a team led by District Forest Officer (In-Charge), A. Periyasamy, educated the loco pilots of the Palakkad Division about elephants.
“The pilots were sensitised about the way elephants move close to the tracks, how they cross the tracks, and their nature in general,” the official said.
The official further added that fatalities can be curbed if the pilots knew how to behave when an elephant was close to the track.
More than 20 loco pilots, pilot inspectors and other officials from the Palakkad Division participated in the training session. Also in attendance were the officials from the Madukkarai range, and N.S. Manoharan, the Tamil Nadu Forest Veterinarian.