Railway to install hanging solar fence to save elephants

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Southern Railways has  begun the installation of hanging solar fences at sensitive forest areas between Kanjikode and Walayar stations. While Kanjikode falls under Palakkad district of Kerala, Walayar falls under TN jurisdiction.

  • The Southern Railways was  installing a hanging solar fence for the first time to prevent elephant movement across the tracks. The  hanging solar fence was being set up for 600 meters on both sides of the B- line  railway track.

  • The B-line, which has been laid through the Walayar Reserve forest, bisects an elephant corridor. Many elephants have been killed by speeding trains in the area.

  • Steel wires are hung in a row from a three-meter high overhead wire. The overhead wire is supported by posts at both ends. The hanging wires will touch the ground.

  • If an Elephant touches the wire it will get mild shock which will deter it from entering the railway tracks . The shocks will not be fatal to the elephants .

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Headquarter of the Southern Railway : Chennai 

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