Odisha: Siren project to alert Elephant movement

The Dhenkanal forest department in Odisha have planned to install automatic sirens near the national highway, in a bid to protect elephants from accidents.

About Elephant Siren Project

  • Under the Elephant Siren Project, Siren tower will be put in the elephant prone areas.
  • These sensor-based sirens will start blaring, when elephants will cross the road for alerting drivers within a distance of up to 1km.
  • As soon as elephants will arrive, the siren will ring and red light will be turned on.
  • Forest officer will also receive a message regarding this, on his mobile phone.

Who initiated this project?

The pilot project has been started by ‘Change’, which is a voluntary organization that works in the field of elephant protection. It will work in collaboration with Dhenkanal Forest Department for protecting elephants. This project is being implemented in Rasasingh area under Dhenkanal Sadar Range, for the first time. It is an elephant-prone area. The elephant siren project has been started near Rasasingh and Haldiabahal, along the Dhenkanal-Anugul National Highway 55, on experimental basis.

Where will siren be installed?

The siren tower will be located along National Highway 55. It will have a red light with a sensor as well as a siren machine.

Significance of the project

The elephant siren project is significant, as it will put an end to elephant-man fight. It will make elephants safe and the forest dwellers can also stay protected from elephant attacks.

Elephant Over Passing Project

An Elephant Over Passing Project is also scheduled to be implemented under Kapilas Range. This project will protect elephants from train accidents. This project will be implemented in association with the Department of Railways and Forestry. Under the project, elephants would be able to move under Elephant Over Pass.

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