|Stress on safety of KNP animals during floods|
KOHORA, June 12 – A strategic meeting was held today at the Forest Convention Centre here to ensure proper implementation of effective precautionary measures during the monsoon floods in the Kaziranga National Park so that death of wild animals can be minimised compared to last year.
The meeting, presided over by Bhola Baruah, a senior citizen and conducted by the forest department, was attended by senior civil and police officials of Bokakhat and Koliabor subdivisions, besides representatives from eco-development committees and Director of KNP, Sanjib Bora.
DFO Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, DD Gogoi gave a brief outline of the resolution taken last year, which included requesting the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for help at the time of emergency situations and urging the Karbi Anglong forest department to increase vigilance when wild animals cross NH-37 and move towards the foothills of Karbi Anglong.
While appealing to the public to protect the wild animals during floods, Bokakhat Civil SDO, D, Singh said that the speed limit of vehicles plying along NH-37 near Kaziranga must be restricted to 40 kilometres per hour. Atchyut Hazarika, president of Bokakhat Press Club said the media have been playing a vital role to ensure safety of wild animals from time to time and will continue to do so during the monsoon floods.
Munin Sharma, a senior functionary of an eco-development committee said that special letters may be distributed among the members of various eco development zones with an appeal to help and protect the wild animals at the time of flood.