The main objective of the joint inspection was ensuring safety of train operations

 

Maligaon, Jan 24: A Joint inspection of the Siliguri Jn – Alipurduar Jn BG line of Alipurduar division was carried out today. The High level team comprised of DRM  and Alipurduar of NFR (along with concerned officers) and Forest Department officials of the Govt of West Bengal headed by Addl. PCCF, North Bengal.

The main objective of the joint inspection was ensuring safety of train operations along with saving wildlife. Running of trains is vital in the Siliguri Jn – New Mal Jn – Alipurduar Jn BG section not only for passenger but also for development of local economic activity.

During the joint inspection various issues were discussed, namely, trimming of trees in forest areas to improve visibility for train drivers, imposition of speed restrictions in elephant corridors and improved synergy between forest and railways for better tracking of elephant herds moving near railway tracks.

Alternatives like construction of ramps, underpasses and overpasses for the ease of movement of wildlife across the railway track were also deliberated upon.

It may be noted that, NFR has already imposed speed restrictions for train movement in all notified Elephant Corridors of the entire section and drivers of both Goods and Passengers trains have been able to save hundreds of elephants due to their alertness.

It is hoped that the joint inspection will proved to be helpful in better co-ordination amongst field level officials of Railway and Forest department.

 

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