Guwahati: Assam Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya Wednesday said that the addition of one more national park in Assam will boost tourism and preserve the eco-diversity of the state.
The Assam Government had decided in its recent cabinet meeting to declare Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary as the 7th National Park of the state.
Assam had as many as five National Parks namely — Kaziranga, Orang, Manas, Nameri and Dibru-Saikhowa.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced the up-gradation of Raimona Sanctuary to National Park on June 5.
“The inclusion of another two national parks will boost tourism and will go a long way to preserve eco-diversity,” said Mr Suklabaidya.
It may be mentioned here that the government was criticized for allegedly trying to sell Dehing-Patkai to open it for coal mining in the reserve forest land.
The decision evoked nationwide outrage and the deal stayed.