Assam to set up Wildlife Health & Research Institute


GUWAHATI: Assam will soon have a Wildlife Health and Research Institute. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday laid the foundation stone of the Institute of Wildlife Health & Research (IWH&R) at Dinjan, Dibrugarh. The IWH&R is being established in an area covering 120 bighas of land. The IWH&R, Dinjan is scheduled to be completed within 2 years at a total approximate cost of Rs. 250 crore. Chief Minister Sonowal said that Assam is globally famous for its rich natural heritage including the variety of flora and fauna and setting up such an institute would help in the preservation of the rich biodiversity of the state.

“People cannot survive without oxygen and the preservation of trees and forests is very important for our survival so we have planted 10 crore trees in the past four and half years,” said the Chief Minister.

“Apart from taking steps for protection from flood and erosion, measures have been taken for wildlife preservation like making 33 highlands in Kaziranga National Park and minimizing rhino poaching cases in the state,” he added.