On the World Environment Day, Assam gets its sixth National Park as CM Himanta Biswa Sarma today declared Raimona in BTR as National Park.
Assam now has six national parks. Morover, the Chief Minister said that the preliminary work has started for the recognition of Dihing Patkai Sanctuary as a national park.
The Raimona national park that falls under Kokrajhar district of BTC is a part of contiguous forest patch with an area of 422 square km covering the northern part of the notified Ripu Reserve Forest (area of 508.62 square km), which forms the westernmost buffer to Manas Tiger Reserve in the southern foothills of Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot.
The boundary of Raimona national park, which forms with the Sonkosh River on the west along the inter-state boundary of West Bengal and Assam from Indo-Bhutan border up to fire line Ride-6 southwards (BP30) and Saralbhanga River on the east, runs northwards till it touches the Indo-Bhutan international boundary on the north and remaining part of Ripu RF on the south. The southern boundary runs eastwards along the fire line Ride-6 up to Pekua River where it runs at 90 degrees southwards till it meets the fire line Ride-3. “Historically, the area was a part of the migratory route of the faunal species from Himalayan Mountain, Indo-Malayan and Indo-Chinese realms towards west and Peninsular Indian realm species to the east,” said a forest official.
Minister for Environment and Forest Parimal Suklabaidya, who attended the function, along with Minister for GDD Ashok Singhal, said the announcement made by the Chief Minister has made this Day a red letter day for the State and welcome news for wildlife lovers, nature lovers and conservationists.
“Another feather of success will be added to the biodiversity cap of Assam soon as we have initiated the process for approving the proposal for the 6th National Park of Assam, the Raimona National Park. Today we unveiled the map of this upcoming park,” Suklabaidya tweeted.
It's a red letter day for Assam with
announcement of Raimona National Park by Hon'ble Chief Minister Dr.@himantabiswa on the #WorldEnvironmentDay2021 at Gandhi Mandap. With this new addition, the state has six national parks. pic.twitter.com/BO7IEkzH2S
— Parimal Suklabaidya (@ParimalSuklaba1) June 5, 2021
The existing national parks in Assam are Kaziranga, Manas, Dibru-Saikhowa, Manas and Orang.