There has been a deadlock between Haridwar and Dehradun over the speed of trains in Rajaji Tiger Reserve area.

On one hand, the railways has allowed a speed of 100 kilometers per hour in this area. At the same time, the Tiger Reserve Administration has strongly objected to this decision citing the protection of wildlife. Director DK Singh has written to the Divisional Railway Manager asking him to keep the speed of trains at 30 km per hour.

According to Director DK Singh, if the speed of trains is increased in the tiger reserve area, then wildlife can become a victim of accidents. Director says that due to Covid-19, the movement of trains between Haridwar to Dehradun is going down drastically.

In such a situation, the movement of wildlife on railway tracks has increased. Also, visibility in Rajaji Tiger Reserve area is also low due to fog. In such a situation, if the speed of trains is 100 kilometers per hour, then there is a possibility of wildlife wildlife crashing.

Rajaji Tiger Reserve Director DK Singh says that the speed of trains was agreed in the meeting of officials of the National Board of Wildlife and Railways. It was decided in the meeting that the speed of trains in the tiger reserve areas would be 35 kmph at night and 40 kmph in the day.

He has currently asked to set a speed of 30 kilometers per hour. He has clearly stated that if there is a wildlife accident in Rajaji Tiger Reserve area by increasing the speed of trains, then the railway administration will be directly responsible for it.

Let us know that recently, the Safety Commissioner of Northern Railway had issued orders regarding the operation of trains between Raiwala to Rishikesh and Haridwar to Dehradun at a speed of 100 km.

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