The government of Arunachal Pradesh has asked the Assam forest department to check if the newly notified national park Dehing-Patkai creates border disputes between the two northeastern states, asked the Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at an assembly on Friday.
Bamang Felix, responding to a question asked by Wangling Lowangdong, a senior Congress member, said the administration is aware of the notification given by the Assam Government regarding the sanctuary.
Letter from the state government to the chief warden of wildlife sanctuary
A letter has already been written by the state government to the chief warden of wildlife sanctuary of Assam to make sure whether the notified national park falls creates border disputes or not, said the minister who holds the border affairs portfolio.
The Tirap district administration in Arunachal was also asked to cross-check at the same time, added the minister.
Dehing-Patkai rainforest with an unique floral and faunal diversity
Dehing-Patkai rainforest of Assam which is famous for being tourist’s centre of attraction for having unique floral and faunal diversity was considered as a national park by the government of assam in the month of June.
The beautiful rainforest was first discovered by the Assam government in the year 2004, when they notified 111.19 sq km of its area as Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Addition of 123.07 sq km to the sanctuary area
Parimal Suklabaidya, Environment and Forest Minister of Assam had said the conservation process will be stronger as they added another 123.07 sq km to the original sanctuary area.
Felix said, On july 15, the state government had produced a High Power Ministerial Committee (HPMC) to work out on the problem regarding the boundaries.
On Thursday, during a meeting the government asked the deputy commissioners of 12 districts that are linked with the interstate border of Assam in order to know about the current boundary status by consulting with different stakeholders, the minister informed the House.
DCs were asked to submit ground assessments within 2 months.
Twelve districts that shares boundaries with Assam
Namsai, Changlang, Longding,West Kameng, Pakke Kessang, Papum Pare, Kamle, Lower Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, Lohit and Tirap are the twelve districts from Arunachal Pradesh that share boundaries with Assam.