Hyderabad: A speeding train ran over a tigress killing it in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh late on Tuesday night. The incident came to light early on Wednesday morning.
The carcass of the mangled body of the tigress was discovered in the reserve forest area on the railway line between Diguvametta and Gajulapalli villages. The tigress is believed to have come from Gundla Brahmeshwaram Wildlife Sanctuary, that forms part of the extended core of the Nagarjuna Sagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh. The accident occurred in Nandyal forest division.
This is the second such instance of a tiger being killed by a speeding train in Andhra Pradesh. In 2014, a tiger was found dead on the railway track near Gajulapalli village, just outside the GBM sanctuary. A leopard was also killed by a speeding train near Chelima village in Nandyal forest division last November.
“It is a very unfortunate incident,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Andhra Pradesh, D Nalini Mohan told Telangana Today on Wednesday.
“Losing an animal like this is sad. We had previously requested the Railways to run their trains slowly through the sanctuary, as any wild animal crossing the railway track, particularly at night, is likely to get stunned by the headlight and stop in its tracks,” he said. It is also difficult for a loco pilot to spot a wild animal crossing the tracks when the train is moving at a high speed, he added.
According to DFO Nandyal P Siva Sankar Reddy, the spot where the tigress was killed was like a narrow gorge with the railway track running through it.
As many as 12 direct trains travel between Nandyal and Giddalur traversing the distance of about 54 kilometres in just over an hour.
“As per the protocol, we have informed the National Tiger Conservation Authority about the accident. We could not get information about the incident immediately at night since the location where it happened falls in a ‘dark area’ without phone coverage,” Nalini Mohan said.