Assam has turn into the second state within the nation to have the very best variety of National Parks after Madhya Pradesh.
“Raimona and Dihing Patkai National Parks have been formally notified, including to Assam’s complete tally of seven National Parks. The newly created National Parks will assist to spice up conservation efforts and supply a fillip to tourism and agriculture sectors,” Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya stated on Wednesday.
He stated the declaration of Raimona National Park by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was performed on the event of World Environment Day (5 June).
The Raimona National Park overlaying 422 kilometres is located within the Gossaigaon subdivision of the Kokrajhar district and will likely be administered by the Kachugaon Forest Division of BTC, Assam.
“The newly created park will also help in fulfilling recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee to consider extension of the Manas World Heritage site property in three stages,” the minister stated.
The space was one of many oldest Reserved Forest (RF) of the state with a historical past of one of many most interesting scientific administration in the course of the late 19th century. The historic introduction of ‘Rides’ development of ‘Tramway’ in 1901 was a function of the trendy forestry administration practices throughout that point.
“With Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan to its north, Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal to its west and the primary addition to Manas National Park to its east, Raimona lies in a 2300 sq. kilometres transboundary panorama which is crucial for long-ranging wildlife like elephants and tigers,” he stated.
The space is already part of the buffer of the Manas Tiger Reserve. With eleven completely different forest sorts and subtypes, the realm is dwelling to the Golden Langur, Elephant, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Indian Gaur, Wild Buffalo, Spotted Deer, Hornbills, a number of species of orchids and has greater than 150 species of butterflies, 170 species of birds apart from 380 species of vegetation,” the forest official said.
“Conservation of this space shall present water safety to greater than 20 lakh individuals downstream in Kokrajhar and Dhubri district and open the door of alternatives each at nationwide and worldwide stage within the promotion of community-based tourism, targeted wildlife administration and guarantee biodiversity for future generations,” stated Mr Suklabaidya.
He stated the federal government of Assam has added one other jewel within the crown of its historical past of wildlife conservation by notifying Dihing Patkai as a National Park.
He stated final 12 months the Assam authorities had upgraded Dehing Patkai as a National Park.
“This National Park, a contiguous stretch of forests, ranging from Upper Dihing Reserve Forests within the East (below Digboi Division, Tinsukia District) as much as the Jeypore RF (below Dibrugarh Division, Dibrugarh District), includes some pristine forests alongside the Assam-Arunachal interstate boundary, labeled as Assam Valley Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests,” he stated.
Popularly often known as Dihing Patkai Rain Forest, it has distinctive floral and faunal range, which was acknowledged by the Government of Assam in 2004, when 111.19 sq. kilometres of this space was notified as Dihing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Forest and wildlife conservation have now been strengthened right here by including one other 123.07 sq. kilometres to the unique sanctuary space and conferring National Park standing to 234.26 sq. kilometres, with the very best stage of safety accessible below the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Notification of the National Park consists of areas falling inside the present Dihing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary together with all the extra Reserve Forests i.e. Upper Dihing RF (West Block) and Jeypore RF.
However, the forest village space diverted below the Forest Conservation Act has been excluded.
Currently, Madhya Pradesh has 9, the very best variety of National Parks within the nation.