Honour for ‘Plan Bee’ that helped save jumbos

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  1. Plan bee has been given the best innovation award in Indian Railways for the 2018-19 fiscal.
  2. Plan bee is an amplifying system imitating the buzz of a swarm of honey bees to keep wild elephants away from railway tracks.This strategy was adopted by the Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR).
  3. NFR officials have said that a mix of Plan Bee and other measures have helped them save 1,014 elephants from 2014 to June 2019.
  4. Plan bee was adopted as there are 29 earmarked elephant corridors with the operating zone of NFR spread across the north-eastern states and parts of Bihar and West Bengal.
  5. But elephants have ventured into the path of trains even in non-corridor areas often leading to accidents resulting in elephant deaths.In this background,this plan was adopted.