GUWAHATI: Raimona, in Kokrajhar District, Assam, has been declared the state’s sixth national park. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made an announcement in this regard on World Environment Day on Saturday.
The State Department of Environment and Forestry issued a notification declaring Raimona a national park. The chief minister said a process is underway to convert Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to a national park as well.
Forestry Minister Parimal Suklabaidya called the announcements good news for environmentalists and nature lovers. Raimona Park, which has rich flora and fauna and falls under the territorial region of Bodoland, is part of a contiguous forest plot with an area of ââ422 kmÂ², covering the northern part of the Ripu reserve forest which forms the westernmost buffer at the Manas Tiger Reserve in the southern foothills of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot.
It heads north until it touches the international Indo-Bhutanese border to the north and the remaining part of the Ripu reserve forest to the south. âHistorically, the area was part of the migratory route of wildlife from the Himalayan mountain, Indo-Malay and Indo-Chinese kingdoms to the west and species from the Peninsular Indian kingdom to the east,â a forestry official said. .
The new national park shares contiguous forest patches of Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary and Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park in Bhutan, creating a transboundary conservation landscape of 2,400 kmÂ².