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NGOs roped in for cleaning up picnic spots

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GUWAHATI, Dec 26 - The Kamrup Metro district administration today started a drive to clean up major picnic spots located near wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests by involving NGOs and local citizens.

RP Barua, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, said that committees have been formed for cleaning up picnic spots near Deepor Beel and Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary.

�We have formed the committees under the supervision of our Circle Officers which have members of local NGOs, panchayats, clubs and other local citizens. They are tasked to clean up picnic spots every evening after departure of the picnic parties. The committees will also set up temporary toilet facilities in the picnic spots,� Barua said.

Barua, who visited the Deepor Beel today, said that it has become the practice among picnickers in the place to indulge in fishing and swimming without permission.

�We have now strictly instructed that fishing, boating and swimming will not be allowed for picnickers in Deepor Beel. They will also have to stay away from the core area of the Beel. Two or three spots have been identified where picnic will be allowed. There were a lot of untoward incidents during the last picnic season. We want to avoid such incidents this time,� he said.

Similarly, in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary also, two-three spots have been identified by the Forest Department where picnic will be allowed. A committee has been formed under DFO (Wildlife) and comprising locals to clean up the places regularly.

�We will form similar committees in other major picnic spots of the district as well. Our intention is to involve the locals in preservation of the ecosystem, besides flora and fauna,� Barua said.

The district administration had earlier issued strict guidelines to regulate gathering of picnickers around wildlife sanctuaries located in Kamrup Metro district.

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NGOs roped in for cleaning up picnic spots

GUWAHATI, Dec 26 - The Kamrup Metro district administration today started a drive to clean up major picnic spots located near wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests by involving NGOs and local citizens.

RP Barua, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, said that committees have been formed for cleaning up picnic spots near Deepor Beel and Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary.

�We have formed the committees under the supervision of our Circle Officers which have members of local NGOs, panchayats, clubs and other local citizens. They are tasked to clean up picnic spots every evening after departure of the picnic parties. The committees will also set up temporary toilet facilities in the picnic spots,� Barua said.

Barua, who visited the Deepor Beel today, said that it has become the practice among picnickers in the place to indulge in fishing and swimming without permission.

�We have now strictly instructed that fishing, boating and swimming will not be allowed for picnickers in Deepor Beel. They will also have to stay away from the core area of the Beel. Two or three spots have been identified where picnic will be allowed. There were a lot of untoward incidents during the last picnic season. We want to avoid such incidents this time,� he said.

Similarly, in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary also, two-three spots have been identified by the Forest Department where picnic will be allowed. A committee has been formed under DFO (Wildlife) and comprising locals to clean up the places regularly.

�We will form similar committees in other major picnic spots of the district as well. Our intention is to involve the locals in preservation of the ecosystem, besides flora and fauna,� Barua said.

The district administration had earlier issued strict guidelines to regulate gathering of picnickers around wildlife sanctuaries located in Kamrup Metro district.