Assam gets its seventh national park as State Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya today announced this while addressing a press conference.
Assam now has the most number of National Parks along with Andaman and Madhya Pradesh, as mentioned by the minister.
With recently added Raimona National Park and today’s declaration of Dehing Patkai as National Park, now Assam has Kaziranga, Manas, Orang, Nameri and Dibru-Saikhowa as National Park.
Spreading over Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district, Dehing Patkai covers an area of 231.65 kilometers square. It is home to 47 mammal, 47 reptile, and 310 butterfly species.
The new national park will open up huge opportunities of ecotourism for the fringe villagers, who currently are partially or totally dependent on forest resources for their livelihood.
The Dehing Patkai forms the largest stretch of lowland rainforests in India. The Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant.