MIRZA, Oct 6 - Aranya Suroksha Samiti organised a Gangetic river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) conservation meeting in association with Chhaygaon College at its auditorium near Mirza recently with an aim to safeguard the Gangetic river dolphin through spreading awareness among the students.
Addressing the students of Chhaygaon College, secretary general of Aranya Suroksha Samiti, Dr Harisaran Das, said that Gangetic river dolphin was an endangered freshwater aquatic animal of the world which have a good population in the Kulsi river (in south Kamrup), flowing through Chhaygaon area.
It was a proud of the people of Chhaygaon area for having such a good population size of an important endangered freshwater species of the world, he said.
Dr Harisaran Das added that Gangetic river dolphins were being poached and a clandestine market was operating for the oil extracted from the endangered species. He also urged the students to work wholeheartedly for protecting the endangered species from the poachers and help conserve the Gangetic river dolphin.
Dr Das asked the students to spread awareness among the stakeholders on the need for conservation of the Gangetic river dolphin so that the pride of Assam did not become extinct from the world. He said that south Kamrup was rich in biodiversity and there was ample scope to do research on diverse biodiversity of the area
Dr Das also said that the large-scale mechanised sand extraction drives in Kulsi river was harming the habitat of the Gangetic river dolphin to some extent.
It may be mentioned here that Aranya Suroksha Samiti has been organising Gangetic river dolphin conservation campaign since 1999 and the conservation meeting held at Chhaygaon was a part of the campaign this year.
Last year, Aranya Suroksha Samiti had also organised a conservation camp of Gangetc river dolphin at Nimatighat near Majuli, sources said.