A committee set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to probe the death of five elephants in Orissa's Ganjam district due to a speeding train has recommended that the Railways should restrict the speed of trains passing through identified vulnerable tracks in forests to a maximum 40 km per hour to prevent elephant deaths. On the intervening night of December 29 and 30 last year, five elephants were mowed down by Coromondel Express, speeding at 110 km/hr near Subalaya in Ganjam district, when the herd was crossing the track. Incidentally, the accident occurred at the spot where the Railways had put up a warning signage of elephants crossing.
The Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has approached the Forest department to develop an eco-camp at Sipakuda island near Rambha in Chilika lake. Besides islands which have been named as Breakfast, Honeymoon, Somolo, Ghantasila, Chhalikakuda and Gopakuda inside the lake, the mouth of the Chilika near Sipakuda is an added attraction for tourists, who come to the lake round-the-year f