Correspondent

Kaziranga, Jan 31: A French government delegation led by Barbara Pompili, Minister of France for Ecological Transition, arrived in Kaziranga today to take stock of the work being carried out under a forest and biodiversity conservation project funded by the government of France.

According to Kaziranga National Park (KNP) cum Tiger Reserve Director P Siva Kumar, the first phase of the work has been completed, including construction of highlands and other infrastructure works at KNP. The second phase is being undertaken, which would include community development work. The French project has covered different developmental works in other parts of Assam, said Siva Kumar.

The delegation also included Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India; Virginie Corteval, Consul General; and Bruno Bosle, Country Director, AFD India. They visited the Kohora and Bagori ranges of the KNP. The delegation also visited the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) under the Wildlife Trust of India in Kaziranga, and took stock of the hospital and treatment facilities and other existing infrastructure at the CWRC, said Dr Bhaskar Choudhary, veterinarian of the centre. They later visited Panbari village.