ODISHA: HONEY BEE MA­CHINE TO SAVE ELE­PHANTS

The Asian Age - - Nation - AKSHAYA KU­MAR SA­HOO

The Odisha govern­ment, which has been on the re­ceiv­ing end for the rise in the death of wild ele­phants, — has fas­tened its belt to pro­tect the wildlife. An of­fi­cial of the state for­est depart­ment on Satur­day said co­or­di­nated ef­forts were be­ing made by var­i­ous depart­ment of the state. At a meet­ing held be­tween the for­est, en­ergy and rail­way au­thor­i­ties on Fri­day, it has been de­cided to in­stall spe­cial honey bee ma­chines along­side rail­way tracks to pre­vent ele­phants get­ting hit by trains, the of­fi­cial said. When any train comes, the ma­chines would pro­duce and am­plify the sound of swarm­ing bees, hear­ing which ele­phants would run away. Ele­phants usu­ally avoid bees so as to avoid the risk of bees en­ter­ing their trunks. “The project will first be launched at Sadashiv­pur rail­way sta­tion in Dhenkanal district on a pi­lot ba­sis,” in­formed Ad­di­tional Prin­ci­pal Chief Con­ser­va­tor of For­est ( PCCF) Su­dar­shan Panda. Di­vi­sional For­est of­fi­cers ( DFOs) of Jhar­sug­uda, Keon­jhar and Dhenkanal dis­tricts have been directed to iden­tify lo­ca­tions for the project, Mr Panda added.

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