Assam: Kaziranga National Park to be extended soon

Bokakhat, Oct 19: The Assam government is about to complete all its legal process necessary for the extension of Kaziranga National Park (KNP), which is located at Bokakhat, Assam's Golaghat district, 238 km from Guwahati.

Rockybul Hussain, State’s forest and tourism minister, said the government is trying to settle all the legal process related to the extension of the Part, so that animals were better protected including one-horned rhinos.

A World Heritage site since 1985, Assam's Kaziranga National Park, is home to the world’s largest population of Indian rhinos and also for animals like Tiger, Swamp Deer, Wild Bufalo, Elephant and many other.

At present the Park is about 430 square kilometers, and the extension of the KNP was not legally sanctioned and thus preventing the authorities from removing villagers from the area.

There are around 184 villages situated with in the zone of the park.

Hussain said, "soon we will have the legal formalities completed for the KNP expansion and various measures is also been taken by the authorities to plant saplings in 20,000 hectares."

"In order encourage Assam's tourism sector the government is also constructing various public toilets under Sulabh International scheme," he added.