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Assam's Dehing Patkai Becomes Newest National Park Of India

Dehing Patkai- The Amazon Of The East Will Be The Newest National Park Of Assam, India


Dehing Patkai

Recently, The Assam government has decided to upgrade Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to a National Park. It will become the 105th National Park of India and the 6th National Park of Assam. In the year 2018 "Kuno" which was also a Wildlife Sanctuary and is located at Madhya Pradesh was declared as the 104th National Park of India.

Total National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Reserved Area Name

Total Numbers

Geographical Area

National Parks(NPs)

104

40501.13 sq.km

Wildlife Sanctuaries(WSs)

551

119775.80 sq.km

There are 104 existing National Parks in India covering the area of 40501.13 sq. km, which is 1.23% of the geographic area of the country.

Assam's Sixth National Park- Post-up-gradation the Dehing Patkai will be the 6th National Parks in Assam. The other 5 National Parks are-

National Parks

Declared Year

Kaziranga National Park

1974

Manas National Park

1990

Nameri National Park

1998

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

1999

Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park

1999


Jeypore Rainforest-The Amazon Of The East Becomes The Newest National Park Of Assam, India

The Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts which are also called coal and oil-rich districts of Upper Assam. The Sanctuary is located within the larger Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve. Dehing is the name of the river that flows through this rainforest and Patkai is the hill at the foot of which the sanctuary lies. The Sanctuary is also known as Jeypore Rainforest and it is famous for Assam Valley Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests bordering Arunachal Pradesh. It covers an area of 111.19 sq. km (42.93 sq. mi) tropical rainforest.

It was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary on 13th June 2004. The Dehing Patkai is also referred to as the "Amazon of the East". The forestland stretches for 575 sq. km across 3 districts of Upper Assam. The Sanctuary is additionally referred to as the "Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve".

India's Largest Rain Forest- Amazon of the East- Dehing Patkai is a contiguous patch of rainforest. Its biodiversity is very rich and unique. It is a deciduous rainforest interspersed with semi-evergreen and plush green flora.

Animal Species- Hoolock gibbon, Slow loris, Pig-tailed macaque, Stump-tailed macaque, Capped langur, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger. Dehing Patkai hosts about 293 different species of birds including- Slender-billed vulture, White-winged Duck, Greater Adjutant, Lesser adjutant, Greater spotted eagle, etc.

The most common reptiles found here are- Rock python, King cobra, Asian leaf turtle, Monitor lizard. There are more than 150 different species of butterfly thrive and rare fauna found in this beautiful tropical vegetation including- Chinese pangolin, flying fox, wild pig, sambar, barking deer, gaur, serow, and Malayan giant squirrels, etc.

The Newest National Park of Assam, India on 2020

The announcement comes just months after the National Board of Wildlife(NBWL) gave conditional clearance to a coal mining project by Coal India Limited (CIL) within the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve sparked virtual protests in Assam.

Assam’s Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to be upgraded into the National Park: CM Sarbananda Sonowal


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