Elephant deaths in train accidents on rise: Minister

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New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) Eleven elephants were killed in train accidents during 2007-08 compared to two tigers in 2007-08, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Stating this, Minister of State for Environment and Forests S Reghupathy said in a written reply that in the past five years eight elephants and one tiger had died in 2006-07; two elephants and one tiger in 2005-06; six elephants in 2004-05 and 13 elephants in 2003-04.

He told the House during Question Hour that despite the Railways impementing the recommendations of an expert committee set up to suggest safeguards in preventing accidental deaths on rail tracks, the accidents were taking place.

"The Ministry has constituted a new expert committee in 2007 to re-examine and suggest further mitigation measures," he said.

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