Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the 66th Wildlife Week on Wednesday, Sonowal said that Assam, which is famous for its clean and green ambience, has to be restrengthened.

And further went on to say that the government will increase the forest cover in the state by an additional 2,000 sq km in future.

“The state government has decided to increase the forest reserve of the state by another 2,000 square kilometre,” he added.

As per the official website of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, the recorded forest area of the state is 26,832 sq km, accounting for 34.21 per cent of its geographical area.

According to their legal status, reserved forests constitute 66.58 per cent and unclassed forests 33.42 per cent of the total forest area.

Sonowal said that the state government has finalised to set up a forest division at Borail range and has already announced that steps have been taken to link Dehing Patkai with Joypore and transform it into a National Park.

Moreover, like in Kaziranga and Manas National Parks, all the wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests camps will be provided with solar lights and smartphones,” Sonowal said.

Taking on the previous government for not doing anything substantial for stopping the rhino poaching, Sonowal said under the erstwhile government, the poachers turned the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries into their pasture lands.During the present state government’s rule, 240 poachers were handed exemplary punishments by setting up 10 fast track courts.

Speaking on the occasion, Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that the state government has already planted eight crore saplings to contribute to the green coverage of the state. 

Source: NE Now

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