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Indian Railways to install bee sound devices to save elephants from getting run over

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Staff Writer | September 11, 2018
Concerned over the rising number of elephants being hit by speeding trains while crossing tracks, the state-owned Indian Railways has decided to install devices near train lines that will emit buzzing sound of bees to scare away the big animals.
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Asia   The buzzing sound which can be heard from a distance of over 500 meters
"Railways has come up with Plan Bee, an innovative method to prevent elephants from approaching the railway lines. It involves setting up of devices near tracks, which emit the buzzing sound of bees, saving elephants from train accidents," Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.

A senior official said Tuesday that the buzzing sound which can be heard from a distance of over 500 meters will scare away the elephants. "Thus a number of elephants will be saved from being run over by trains across the country every year," he added.

India is home to around 25,000 elephants. Their numbers are dwindling due to poaching and the destruction of their habitats by humans.

The Indian Railways is one of the world's largest train networks, criss-crossing the country from north to south. It operates some 9,000 passenger trains and carries 23 million passengers every day.

However, much of the colonial-era rail infrastructure is out of date. In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government pledged some 137 billion U.S. dollars over five years to modernize and expand the railways.