Assam government has decided to upgrade Dehing Patkai wildlife sanctuary to national park It will become India’s 105th national park 2018 — Kuno NP, Madhya Pradesh
There are 104 national parks in India covering an area of 40501.13 km2 (25166.155 miles), which is 1.23 per cent of the geographical area of the India (Source: National Wildlife Database, May, 2019).
Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
Assam’s, Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam and covers an area of 111.19 km2 (69 miles) rainforest. It was declared a Wildlife sanctuary on 13 June 2004. Referred to as the “Amazon of the East” in India. This forestland stretches for 575 square kilometers across 3 districts in Assam. . Project Elephant – The Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve
KNOWN AS AMAZON OF THE EAST
• Contiguous patch of rainforest
• Its biodiversity is very rich and unique.
• Animal species – Hoolock gibbon, slow loris, pig-tailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque, capped langur, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger.
• Dehing Patkai hosts about 293 different species of birds, including- Slender-billed vulture, white-winged duck, greater adjutant, lesser adjutant, greater spotted eagle, etc
• The most common reptiles found here are rocky python, king cobra, Asian leaf turtle, monitor lizard.
• 30 different species of butterfly thrive in this beautiful tropical vegetation
Some human activities can be allowed inside a wildlife sanctuary, but no human activity is allowed in a national park
The announcement comes just months after the National Board of Wildlife’s (NBWL) conditional clearance to a coal mining project by Coal India Limited (CIL) in Dehing Patkai sparked virtual protests in the state.
Dehing Patkai becomes India’s newest National Park