Assam: AASU wants genuine demarcation of Dihing Patkai National Park

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) held a two-hour sit-in protest at Naharkatia, Dibrugarh, seeking proper demarcation of Assam’s newly-opened Dihing Patkai National Park. On July 3, 2021, Assam’s forest minister, Parimal Suklabaidya, officially opened the Dihing Patkai National Park.

The Dihing Patkai National Park spans 234.26 square kilometres in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap and Changlang districts. Arunachal Pradesh is said to have encroached on approximately 110 hectares of the national park.

“There is no clear demarcation of the Dihing Patkai National Park. Over 110 hectares of the national park are under illegal encroachment by Arunachal Pradesh,” an AASU leader said.

“Tree felling and hunting of wild animals have been going on unabated and due to dense forests, some of the areas are not easily accessible. The Assam government should make the national park free of encroachment and carry out proper conservation of wildlife and biodiversity,” the AASU leader added.

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