Assam

Dehing-Patkai: From Wildlife Sanctuary to a National Park, CM directs officials

The Government of Assam, led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, has today in a meeting with senior officials in Guwahati decided to upgrade the Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a National Park.

“Our Govt has decided to upgrade the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, which is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna, to a National Park.”, read a tweet by Sonowal.

He added, “I have directed them to take necessary steps in this regard.”

Earlier, The Gauhati High Court after hearing two public interest litigations (PILs) had taken up a suo moto case against coal mining in the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Petitions were filed against the Centre’s preliminary approval to Coal India for mining inside Dehing Patkai forest, stating that it violates the right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, followed by widespread protests.

It may be mentioned that in a notice dated June 3, Coal India Limited had issued a notice to its unit Northeast Coalfields Limited, Margherita, that has been mining inside the sanctuary, to suspend all mining activities.

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