Sonowal visits flood-hit Kaziranga, forms group for wildlife protection

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed to form a coordination committee involving the deputy commissioners, police superintendents and divisional forest officers of five districts with a mandate to maintain a close vigil on the movements of animals and their probable threats from the poachers during flood in the state.

Taking stock of the prevailing flood and its resultant damage in Kaziranga National Park, Sonowal on Wednesday took a boat ride to oversee the extent of flood-induced damage in Bagori Range, and said that the coordination committee involving functionaries of five districts namely Nagaon, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur and Biswanath would report to the forest minister on a day-to-day basis on the flood situation and protection measures being applied for the animals.

Undertaking extensive visit within 20 km radius of the Kaziranga National Park in Bagori Range, Sonowal assessed the impact of the current wave of flood on the national park and its flora and fauna.

The chief minister asked the DCs and SPs of Nagaon, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong to take stringent action against possible attempt of poaching. He also asked environment and forest department to provide fodder and medical attention to the animals taking shelter on the high lands.

Assam environment and forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma, water resources minister Kesab Mahanta and agriculture minister Atul Bora accompanied Sonowal during his visit.

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