Conservationist hails step to upgrade Dehing Patkai WLS
Published on July 7, 2020 | News Source: Bijay Sankar Bora
GUWAHATI: Internationally reputed conservation scientist, Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar has hailed the decision of Assam government taken at the behest of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to upgrade the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to a National Park.
Dr Talukdar further suggested that that adjoining Jeypoore Reserve Forest and Deli Reserve Forest are included in the proposed Dehing Patkai National Park.
“This is really a good step. Hope adjoining contiguous reserved forests of Dehing Patkai WLS like Jeypoore RF, Deli RF are included in this proposed National Park to safeguard remaining good patches of forests in the area,” Dr Talukdar tweeted.
In order to expedite the process of upgrading Dehing Patkai into a national park, the Chief Minister has directed the forest department to prepare a draft notification and hold public hearing to take the views of local dwellers residing around the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.
He also instructed to prepare action plan for preserving the adjoining areas of the wildlife sanctuary and include the opinion of the public in the adjoining areas in the draft action plan. Notably Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 111.942 square kilometers.
The Chief Minister reiterated the state government commitments to preserve the national resources and environment of the state and highlighted Dehing Patkai’s role in maintaining forest cover in Assam. He also directed the forest department to take necessary action for up-grading Dehing Patkai into national park in consultation with Union Environment and Forest Ministry.