KNP authority plans two more additions
Aiming to make Kaziranga the safest zone for wildlife, the Kaziranga National Park Authority (KNPA) is planning to create two new additions – 7th and 8th – to the park and has taken up this issue with the State Revenue department.
The two new additions will include Bandardubi, Palkhowa and Deuchurchang where eviction drive was conducted recently, and few other areas adjacent to the park. The core area of KNP covers 430 sq km. Six additions have been made to the park along its boundary, adding to its original area.
Till now, the 1st and 4th additions falling in Nagaon district have been handed over to KNP by the State Revenue department, but the remaining 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th additions are yet to be handed over. Last year, some illegal settlers were evicted from the 6th addition.
For the 7th edition, the KNPA has asked to include Deuchurchang and few parts of Burapahar and for the 8th addition, places like Bandardubi, Kothari Beel and Harmuti have been sought by the KNPA.
On this issue, a meeting was held at Nagaon DC office in July this year. It was decided that a joint survey will be conducted by the Nagaon district administration and KNP authority. According to official sources, the joint survey has not been held due to recent floods and eviction drive carried out near the park last Monday.
In that eviction drive, 2,244 bighas of land at Bandardubi, 42 bighas at Palkhowa and 126 bighas at Deuchurchang were made free of encroachers, according to Kaliabor subdivision administration.