To avoid accidents on upcoming Sevoke-Rangpo line

To get started a project that has been hanging for four years now for want of environment and forest clearance, the Railways have decided to install sensors to track the pachyderms present on or near rail tracks. The Railway Ministry has sought a detailed report on the feasibility of the project in order to get approval for the construction of the first rail link to Sikkim which is estimated to cost Rs.1,340 crore.

Alipurduar, June 10: The railways have decided to saw off trees along the 167km-long tracks in the Dooars after two trains had back-to-back narrow escapes when trees fell on the line during a storm

‘JICA to give Rs. 400 crore long-term soft loan'

The West Bengal Government is set to sign an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Rs. 400 crore long-term soft loan for the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity.

Jaldapara (Alipurduar), June 23: The state forest department will get funds of nearly Rs 400 crore from Japan for an eight-year project to develop the forests.

Jalpaiguri, May 5: The state forest department will not allow any new resort or hotel, private or government, to come up within a 10km radius of any wildlife sanctuary or national park once the surrounding areas are notified as eco-sensitive or fragile zones.

Vipan Sood, the conservator of forests (wildlife), north Bengal, said a letter to this effect had come from the ministry of environment a

SILIGURI, 10 JAN: In order to maintain proper food chain the forest department released a total of 58-spotted deer in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary today.

Siliguri, Nov.

Siliguri, Oct. 19: Foresters have intensified patrolling on the fringe villages of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary apprehending raids by a herd of 100-odd elephants in the next 24 hours.

Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: Despite repeated requests from the Union Environment and Forest Ministry against the running of trains through forest areas, Railway authorities have not relented to its demands leading to recurrent incidents of elephants and other wild life being run over by trains.

An advisory to the state forest department has underscored the construction of underpasses or overpasses across railway tracks in the forests of north Bengal to bring down the number of animal deaths, but wildlife experts claimed the proposal was impractical.