Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 (LocalWire): Forest officials on Friday said ‘Honeybee machines’ would be installed across railway tracks to control elephant deaths in train accidents.
This system will first be placed at Sadashivpur railway station in Dhenkanal district on a pilot basis, said Aditional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sudarshan Panda.
The decision was taken at a meeting held between forest, energy and railway authorities here.
Jumbos usually fear bees entering their trunks, and hence the forest officials zeroed on the idea of bee sounds.
The machines installed would produce noise of swarming honeybees with approaching of trains that will keep elephants away from getting hit by trains.
Notably, the Northeast Frontier Railway has brought down elephant deaths by keeping the pachyderms away from railway tracks using noise of swarming honeybees.