Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Forest dept begins tracing lions’ footprints near tracks.

Railways has given its nod to the Forest Department to carry out survey of the area along the 30-km stretch near railway tracks in Jamnagar which witnessed the death of eight Asiatic lions after being run over by trains. The forest officials have started surveying the stretch for fencing and lying of underground channels for safe passage of lions. According to 2010 census, Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary has 411 lions.

Principal Chief Wildlife Conservator of Forest C N Pandey said: "We don't want any death of Asiatic Lion on railway tracks. Railways has granted us the permission to survey the area near the tracks. We have started preparing for fencing and underground ways for protection of wildlife near the tracks." "We held a meeting with western railway officials after the death of eight Asiatic lions on railway tracks. Fencing near tracks will curb incidents of lions being run over by trains," he added.

The forest officials had requested the railway authorities to reduce the speed limit of goods trains on this route from the current 80 km to 30- 40 km. On September 2, a six-year-old lioness was mowed down by a train near Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.


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