India may use UAVs to stop elephant deaths on rail tracks

India may use UAVs to stop elephant deaths on rail tracks

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22 elephants were killed by trains in 2013. FILEIndia: Clattered by 17 elephants being mowed down to death by a speeding train in Jalpaiguri district in the state of West Bengal , the railways and environment ministries have decided to consider deploying UAVs to prevent such tragedies. Collaborating with them in this effort to save jumbos are the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), with IIT-Kanpur suggesting the use of UAVs to track elephant movements near rail tracks and warn train drivers in the vicinity to slow down.

"IIT-Kanpur has offered a lot of technological solutions. We will be going there to see how effective they are. I had inquired about the use of certain technologies to stop these accidents, so IIT had said that they could be achieved," said Devi Prasad Pande, member (traffic), Railway Board.

Source: Indianexpress