32 Kms of Artificial Highland to Provide Refuge to Flood Affected Kaziranga Soon
GUWAHATI: After the death of 108 animals (as on 19th July) in Kaziranga National Park, the Centre has accepted Assam's proposal to construct 32 km of artificial highland inside the park.
“This will be the largest artificial highland inside the park. The highland will begin from the Kaziranga forest range and stretch up to the park’s sixth additional areas under Biswanath forest range.
When floods hit the national park, animals will ta
ke shelter on this highland, and after the monsoon is over, forest officials will use it for patrolling,” said P Sivakumar, Director of the national park.
Reportedly, work on the same is to start soon after the monsoon season is over.
Currently, the park has 20 km of natural highland. Also, there are 144 artificial highlands. Of these 111 highlands were created back in 1990 and 33 were made in 2019.
However, these are not enough to accommodate the large number of animals that come out of the park seeking refuge from the annual devastating floods.