Dehing Patkai In Assam | UPSC | Why In The News ?
- The Assam government has notified Dihing Patkai as a National Park, four days after creating the 422-sq. km Raimona National Park in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
- Two new national parks, Dehing Patkai and Raimona, notified in Assam
- Assam: OIL pipeline catches fire near DehingPatkai National Park ( 21 August 2021 )
About Dehing Patkai National Park :
- Dihing Patkai National Park is located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam and covers an area of 231.65 km² rainforest.
- It was declared a wildlife sanctuary on 13 June 2004.
- On 13 December 2020 Government of Assam upgraded it into a national park
- Dihing Patkai, in focus a year ago for illegal coal mining in the vicinity.
- It encompasses the erstwhile Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Jeypore Reserve Forest and the western block of the Upper Dihing Reserve Forest.
- The 234.26-sq. km Dihing Patkai straddling eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts is a major elephant habitat and 310 species of butterflies have been recorded there.
- The park has 47 species each of reptiles and mammals, including the tiger and clouded leopard.
Third Highest Number Of National Parks In Assam :
- Assam now has the third most National Parks after the
- 12 in Madhya Pradesh
- Nine in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The five older National Parks in the State are :
Conservation Status :
- Kaziranga and Manas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- They are also tiger reserves along with Nameri and Orang.
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