Published On:June 21 2024
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Gujarat Mandates Elevated Corridors for Railways and Highways Through Gir to Protect Lions

Concerned about the number of lion deaths on railway tracks, the Gujarat government has informed the Centre and Indian Railways of a new policy: only elevated rail and highway corridors will be constructed in and around the Gir and Greater Gir areas. This decision follows reports of 17 lion deaths in 15 train accidents, according to Himanshu Kaushik.

In a communication to the Union Ministries for Road and Highways, Forest and Environment, and Railways, State Forest Minister Mulu Bera cited examples from three major national parks—Jim Corbett, Sundarbans, and Kanha—to stress the importance of elevated infrastructure. The directive mandates that all new projects, including railway lines and state and national highways near wildlife sanctuaries, particularly Gir and Greater Gir, must be elevated to protect the lion population.

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