Railways to take measures for safety of Gir lions


Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

Western Railways has agreed to take a series of measures to ensure that lions roaming in Gir forest in Gujarat were not killed by rail movement. Six lions have been killed by trains in Amreli district during this year.

This follows a meeting officers of the Forest Department had with railway officers in Mumbai on Tuesday in which it was decided to run goods trains at reduced speed so that a driver can prevent an accident if lions or cubs cross the rail tracks.

The railway authorities have also agreed to consider the demand of not running goods trains in morning and evening hours when there is more movement of lions on rail track in Amreli district

As per the talks, the railways have agreed to sensitized drivers of trains running through the forest with the help of Forest Department of Gujarat.

The forest department will arrange barbed wire fencing in 30 km area on railway track in Amreli frequented by lions. The railways, on the other hand, will construct an under passage (running under the rail track) for enabling movement of lions and other wild animals.
About 100-150 lions have permanently settled in the coastal areas around Rajula and Jafrabad towns of Amreli.
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