KAZIRANGA, July 16 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited Kaziranga National Park to take stock of the current flood situation which had submerged maximum area of the park. He undertook his flood survey in a speed boat along with senior forest and civil officials via Mora Difalu river in western range of Bagori under Kaziranga National Park.
Chief Minister Sonowal observed the wild animals which were taking shelter at a highland under Bagori range. He visited the forest camps of Gorakati, Mora Difalu and Mur Phuloni and interacted with forest guards who had been doing all possible surveillance to protect wildlife of Kaziranga National Park.
During his interaction with mediapersons, Sonowal said that the very purpose of construction of highlands in Kaziranga National Park by the State government during the previous years has been successful as most of the wild animals including rhinos, elephants and others could take shelter at these highlands and protect themselves.
Sonowal appreciated the efforts of adjoining five districts of Kaziranga for their active initiative for protection of wild animals of Kaziranga.
Meanwhile, Sonowal has directed the hill district administration to ensure safety of wild animals that have crossed over to foothills of Karbi Anglong by crossing NH-37 adjacent to Kaziranga National Park.
Earlier, Chief Minister visited a flood relief camp at Rising Sun English School in Kohora.
Sonowal also laid the foundation of Kaziranga Orchid Udyan at Kohora. Rs 16 crore will be spent for completing the orchid garden within a period of two years.
This will be the first government-owned orchid garden having 30 bighas of land. He said that one should love and appreciate the nature and wildlife for sustainable eco-friendly environment.
Sonowal said that due to emergence of Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have caused immense economic loss for the people involved in tourism sector in Kaziranga. A plan to keep open the Kaziranga National Park to visitors throughout the year was under consideration to meet the economic loss.
Chief Minister Sonowal also visited Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation ( CWRC) at Kaziranga to take stock of wild animals under treatment.
Chief Minister was accompanied by State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta.