Guwahati, April 11: Assam chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on April 09 inspected the under-construction highlands inside the Kaziranga National Park and directed concerned officials to expedite works and complete the construction of all highlands before monsoons.
The CM called for efficient management of these raised platforms including stockade of food and medical supplies for animals, and development for tourism purposes.
During his visit, the CM also asked forest officials to plant adequate saplings on the highlands once the construction is over. he particularly stressed on planting trees which could be used as fodder by the animals during flood.
Considering the tourist footfall in the national park, Sonowal asked the Forest Department to develop the highlands in a tourist friendly matter so that they could be used as viewpoints by visitors.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, MLAs Mrinal Saikia, Bimal Bora and Rituparna baruah, DC of Golaghat district along with senior officials of the Forest Department accompanied the CM in his visit.
Sonowal also took a comprehensive review of flood preparedness inside the Kaziranga National Park with DCs, SPs, Forest and Water Resources Department officials of five districts in Kohora and directed the officials to take adequate measures for availability of boats, food supply and medicines inside the park. He urged them to fix accountability for tracking animal movement and adopt stringent measures to strengthen security.
During the meet, the CM also felicitated Jakhalabandha Police Station OC Deben Bora, who showed exemplary courage to bring down poachers inside the Kaziranga National Park.