GUWAHATI: The Governor of Assam, Jagdish Mukhi, in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 35(1), (2) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, as amended up-to-date, has issued a preliminary notification, stating that the State Government intends to constitute Dehing Patkai National Park located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.
With a purpose to inquire into and resolve the existence, nature and extent of rights of any person in or over the land comprised inside the made up our minds limits for constituting the said National Park, the Deputy Commissioners of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts have been appointed to act as Collectors under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, for their respective districts.
In July, the Assam government had determined to upgrade Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a national park.
The announcement came after the National Board of Wildlife’s (NBWL) conditional clearance to a coal mining project by Coal India Limited (CIL) in the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve triggering widespread protests.
Later, North Eastern Coalfields (NEC), the CIL subsidiary, temporarily suspended all mining operations in the region.
While wildlife sanctuaries are safe areas that permit some activities such as grazing, the national parks call for an entire protection status under The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.