Coimbatore to go hi-tech to stop elephant deaths
S Senthil Kumar, The New Indian Express
January 7, 2022
To ensure zero casualties of wild elephants and guard them from speeding
trains, officials of the Coimbatore forest division will install six
e-surveillance cameras in railway tracks A and B at Solakkarai in
This is one of the many measures to be implemented by the forest department
to reduce elephant death on tracks.
A proposal, that was readied soon after three wild elephants were killed
after being hit by a train on November 26, has been sent to Chennai seeking
funds. A console room for real time monitoring would be set up at
Solakkarai check post. The wild elephants’ movements could be monitored
through another control room at Coimbatore headquarters.
Once the tower camera detects elephant movement near the railway track, an
alert will be sent to the console room and the railway and forest staff,
and the Loco Pilots would be asked to slow down the train. Then, the
tracking team would drive the elephant away from the track. “The purpose of
long-range CCTV cameras is to capture footage, especially from vulnerable
and potential threat areas,” said S Ramasubramanian Conservator of forest,
Coimbatore district. Forest department did a satellite image-based
landscape terrain analysis of both railway tracks at Solakkarai. Based on
this, the surveillance camera installation locations were selected.
“Speed gun provides accurate measurements — from 0.1 miles per hour to
320mph. If the train breaches the speed limit, the console room will be
intimated and instructions will be given to the Railways department. They
will be set up at railway lines A and B,” added Ramasubramanian.