35-km Elevated Corridor at Kaziranga National Park may become a reality


GUWAHATI: An elevated corridor at the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) may soon become a reality. Once done the elevated corridor would greatly help animals cross the NH 37 to Karbi Hills and enter Kaziranga without getting injured. For vehicles passing through Kaziranga it would become less worrisome as the park has a number of restrictions in place, especially during the summer season. On Tuesday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took a review of the proposed elevated corridor at the NH-37 stretch of Kaziranga National Park with officials of Environment & Forest and PWD (Building & NH) Departments.

The proposal of the elevated corridor prepared by the PWD (Building & NH) Department in close consultation with Wildlife Institute of India covers a length of around 35 km from Jakhalabandha to Bokakhat. The objective is to boost wildlife preservation and tourism promotion at the national park.

After reviewing the proposal, the CM Sarma approved the alignment of the corridor and directed the PWD officials to fast-track all necessary measures for execution of the project.

The CM also directed the officials of Environment & Forest Department to take speedy steps for setting up zoos at Dibrugarh and Cachar districts and appoint a nodal officer for early implementation.

Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha, Principal Secretary of Environment & Forest Department Avinash Joshi, PCCF & HoFF Alka Bhargava, Commissioner & Special Secretary of PWD (Building & NH) Raj Chakraborty and other senior officers were present in the meeting.