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NFR's Plan Bee wins Best Innovation Award

Date: 10 July 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous

Northeast Frontier Railway’s (NFR) Plan Bee won first prize in the best innovation award of Indian Railways for the 2018-19 fiscal. The first prize comprised of citation along with cash award of Rs.3 lakh Plan Bee is an amplifying system imitating buzz of a swarm of honey bees to keep wild elephants away from railway tracks. Studies have suggested that elephants are scared of swarming bees.

Background

Large portion of rail tracks of NFR passes through forest areas in Assam. Elephants often come in the way of speeding trains, resulting in their deaths. In a bid to tackle this problem, NFR had launched ‘Plan Bee’, under which devices were installed devices at several level crossings in state to play the sound of buzzing honey bees to drive away elephants from the live rail tracks. This device is designed to generate amplified sound of honey bees from a distance of about 700-800 m. The first instrument was installed at level crossing gate between Azara and Kamakhya stations under Rangiya division. Later it was then installed in several level crossing gates in the vicinity of forest areas. Since then this device has been helpful in diverting herds of elephants, especially when trains are approaching.