Park tour ends with promise

Forest and environment minister Pramila Rani Brahma today concluded her two-day tour of Kaziranga National Park with the promise of appointing local people to protect the World Heritage Site.

Pramila, who arrived yesterday, was accompanied by water resources minister and Kaliabor MLA Keshab Mahanta and BPF legislator from Gossaigaon, Majendra Narzary.

Agriculture minister and Bokakhat MLA Atul Bora, Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan, Nagaon MLA Rupak Sarma, Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia and Tingkhong MLA Bimal Bora also accompanied Pramila.

 

She started her day by visiting the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), a rescue and rehabilitation centre located in Borjuri village adjacent to the Panbari reserve forest, near Kaziranga National Park. After that she went to Arimora beat office under Kohora range and took a first-hand account of the largescale erosion caused by the Brahmaputra.

During her visit, she had a dialogue with the frontline staff of the national park and took stock of the problems faced by them. Later, she held a round of meetings with various eco development committees of the park. Pramila then left for Dispur in the same Assam State Transport Corporation bus in which she arrived yesterday.

These eco-development committees have been constituted by the national park management among the fringe villages to make them stakeholders in conservation. "We will try to appoint or employ local people for the protection of the park," she said before she left for Guwahati.

An incident of rhino poaching was reported yesterday when guards at Demow camp under Agaratoli range heard several rounds of gunshots around 5pm. But a carcass has not been recovered yet.

While talking to The Telegraph, M. Ali, director of Kaziranga National Park, said, "A thorough combing operation is being carried out since yesterday with the help of four department elephants but there is no sign of a carcass. Tomorrow we can formally declare whether a rhino was killed or not. The sound of gunshots does not mean a rhino was killed," Ali said.

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