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Govt toying with idea of air connectivity to KNP
Correspondent
 KAZIRANGA, July 7 - With an objective to further enhance connectivity with Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in an effort to improve the tourism sector, a high– level meeting was held yesterday at the conference hall of SDO (Civil) office at Bokakhat to examine the feasibility of flying amphibian aircraft near Kaziranga.

The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat Gaurav Bothra and attended by representatives of private firms coming from different sectors.

A team of representatives from private firms inspected the river bank area of the Dhansiri at Dhansirimukh, along with district administration officials.

According to a source, an amphibian air craft requires a minimum of one km length of straight river route with a breadth of 500 metres in order to take off and land on the river.

The team included hydraulic and environmental experts who studied the feasibility of landing amphibian aircraft over the Dhansiri river.

If everything goes well, then more and more tourists are expected to visit Kaziranga National Park by landing at Dhansirimukh of Bokakhat. Another important feature is the water level of the Dhansiri river, which maintains a safisfactory level of more than 3 metres throughout the year, which is needed for an amphibian air craft. Once air travel is started, it will drastically reduce travel time to the world-famed Kaziranga National Park.

A final decision will be taken only after the experts grant technical clearance for the ambitious project.

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