GUWAHATI, May 26 � The Government of Assam told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today that it has asked the State Public Works Department (PWD) � National Highway (NH) � wing to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for the long-term measures to check knocking down and running over of wild animals of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) by speeding vehicles on the NH-37.
The DPR is to be prepared in consultation with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun and the Director, KNP. The WII has also been requested to depute their experts on the subject, said the State government in its affidavit filed in connection with the Application No 174 of 2013 Rohit Choudhury versus Union of India and others.
The affidavit, signed by Joydeep Shukla, Extra Assistant Commissioner of the State government based at the Assam Bhawan in New Delhi, came in the wake of the NGT order passed on April 22, 2015.
The NGT said inter alia in its April 22, 2015 order �� the State of Assam shall come out with the requisite DPR within three months.�
On the issue of removing encroachment from the extended areas of the KNP, the State government said the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Nagaon and Golaghat have been asked to implement the orders of the NGT. The offices of the DCs concerned have submitted their action taken reports too on the matter, it said.
On the issue of releasing the funds received from the Central government to the KNP Tiger Reserve, the State government said in its affidavit that the Centre had released funds amounting to 80 per cent of the sanctioned amounts only, for the KNP Tiger Reserve.