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Tourist guest house in man-made JFMC forest

By Correspondent

UDALGURI, Nov 17 � The inauguration of a tourist guest house inside the JFMC man-made forest at Bhairabkunda near the Assam-Bhutan-Arunachal junction has been appreciated by nature-loving people of the district. The tourist guest house was formally inaugurated by Sadhana Hojai, Deputy Commissioner, Udal-guri at a small and simple ceremony recently.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Dibakor Doley, ADC, Udalguri; Girindra Adhikari, DFO, Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri; environmental activist Jayanta Kumar Das, who is also the honorary Wildlife Warden of Udalguri; and Satya Boro, Range Officer, Nonai Range Office. Journalists of Udalguri Ram Upadhyay and Mossaddique Hussain also attended the ceremony.

The tourist guest house has been built with an amount sanctioned by Thaneswar Malakar, when he was serving as the Deputy Commissioner in Udalguri. It needs mention that JFMC (Joint Forest Management Committee) Bhairabkunda was the brainchild of Naba Kumar Bordoloi and villagers of six villages bordering Assam-Bhutan-Arunachal. The work started way back in 2005. Now the forest has more than 11 lakh saplings belonging to various valuable species.

�We have been planted more than 11 lakh valuable saplings since 2005. The lands escaped human encroachment only because of its barren and sandy character. Now the landscape spread in an area of 550 hectares has been attracting various species of animals and birds including wild elephants, leopards, pythons, peacocks etc,� said Esmail Daimari, an official of the JFMC. He said with more support from government and people, the land could have been transformed into a paradise. He requested the nature-loving people to visit JFMC, Bhairabkunda.

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