KAZIRANGA, April 10 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the progress of the ongoing highland construction work inside Kaziranga National Park, on Monday.
He landed at Mihimukh in a helicopter and was accompanied by Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora. The Chief Minister suggested converting some highlands into tourist view points in order to attract more footfalls into Kaziranga National Park.
Later, talking to the media, Sonowal said that he had ordered completion of the highland construction work inside Kaziranga National Park before onset of the monsoon season so that wild animals can take shelter during the time of floods.
This year, 33 highlands will be constructed, of which 21 are already complete. Except one, construction will be completed before onset of the monsoon, Sonowal clarified.
The Chief Minister also suggested converting areas inside the park, from where earth had been collected to make the highlands, into waterbodies so that it can be home for different aquatic creatures, besides acting as waterhole for other denizens of the widely celebrated forest.
Sonowal also toyed with the idea of mobilising public support to collect food and fodder during the annual deluge for the marooned animals. As far as anti-poaching operations are concerned, the Chief Minister said that joint teams of police and forest personnel have been checking poaching significantly.
A meeting on water resources was under way here during the time of filing this report.