Jagjit Singh for slow trains in elephant corridors

April 20th, 2011 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Concerned over the death of jumbos in train accidents, singer Jagjit Singh Wednesday appealed to the railway ministry to limit the speed of trains in elephant corridors across the country.

In a letter to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, Jagjit Singh asked her that speed detection device should be used in all elephant corridors.

“It is difficult to understand why elephants continue to die when there are ways to solve this problem,” said the singer, noting that strict speed limits are particularly important in areas where elephants roam.

“A speed-detection device offers an effective, simple way to slow down trains. Drivers going at dangerous speeds could be punished, and notifying conductors that such monitoring is taking place will encourage them to slow down,” Singh said in his letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

According to PETA, about 150 elephants have been killed by trains since 1987.

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