Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the forest department to expedite the construction of highlands at the Kaziranga national park to complete the same before monsoon.

Sonowal, who visited the highland construction sites at Mihimukh under Kohora Range of the national park on April 9, emphasised on ensuring safer shelter for animals during the flood and issued several directions to the forest department in this regard.

Sonowal asked the forest officials to plant adequate saplings on the highlands once the construction work is over. He particularly stressed on planting trees which could be used as fodder by the herbivorous during flood. He also asked the forest department to take appropriate measures to ensure medical facilities for the animals at the highlands during flood.

Considering high number of tourist footfall in the park during winter, Sonowal also directed the forest department to develop the highlands in a tourist friendly manner so that the visitors could enjoy better view of the park and its exquisite beauty from the highlands.

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