KAZIRANGA, Aug 29 - An inter-ministerial group visited Kaziranga National Park on Friday and had a discussion with the Golaghat district administration to assess the impact of the damage caused by floods in Kaziranga this year.
During an interaction with the media, the group of officials from the Centre, including SK Pradhan, Joint Director of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, and OP Sumanth, Deputy Director from Ministry of Power, said that their visit to KNP was to assess the damage caused by floods. They visited the whole area by boats to understand the condition of the massive erosion-affected areas. Erosion remains a major area of concern in Kaziranga as a vast portion (60 sq km approximately) has been severely affected. It is worth mentioning that the historic Arimora IB had been washed away by the Brahmaputra due to erosion, a couple of years back.
It may be mentioned here that three Central teams had arrived in Assam to assess the flood damage. One team moved to Goalpara, Barpeta and Bongaigaon, the second team to Lakhimpur and Dhemaji and another team to Nagaon and Golaghat.
Pradhan said they would prepare reports as per their own field assessments and submit them to the Central government, upon which the State will receive financial assistance.
The team also made an assessment of the erosion in the eastern range of Agaratoli. The team also assessed the damage caused in the fringe villages of KNP by the flood.