KAZIRANGA, April 10 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has instructed the civil, forest and police administration of five districts adjoining the Kaziranga National Park to initiate a joint coordination strategy to control poaching and minimise the disaster during high flood. He also stressed the need of proactive measures among five districts in order to strengthen the intelligence network to tackle poaching in the park.
Sonowal instructed the DCs and SPs of five districts namely, Golaghat, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur and Biswanath as well as forest officials to remain fully prepared before the onset of monsoon and ensure that there are no deaths of rhinos, calves and other wild animals of the Kaziranga National Park during flood. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to keep vigil in order to check straying of rhinos outside the park areas and intensify patrolling.
Sonowal had held a high-powered review meeting here last night. The meeting was also attended by Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma.
Chief Minister Sonowal also reviewed the recent rhino estimation programme in the Kaziranga National Park. A presentation was given by Kaziranga Director Akashdeep Baruah.
Sonowal asked officials to strengthen the existing embankments before the onset of the monsoon, including the one along the Dhansiri river. Sonowal reviewed the NRC works of the five districts and instructed the administrations to complete the work in time.
Chief Minister Sonowal also reviewed the works of the Asian Development Bank ( ADB)-funded project of embankment construction and repairing.
The Chief Minister also felicitated police officer Deven Bora of Jakhalabandha PS who risked his life and killed a poacher.
On Monday, the Chief Minister had inspected the highland construction site at Mihimukh under the central range of Kaziranga to assess the progress of work. Sonowal said that some highlands would be converted into tourists viewpoints.