• Top 6 Things You Must Know About Raimona - Assam’s 6th National Park

    The Raimona National Park is within the Bodoland Territorial Region of Assam

    The Raimona National Park has been added to Assam's five existing national parks.

    An announcement to this effect was made by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on the occasion of World Environment Day at Gandhi Mandap in Guwahati on Saturday.

    Sarma said with the new addition, Assam has six national parks and that the process is underway to convert the Dehing Patkai wildlife sanctuary into a national park.

    Here are the top 6 things you need to know about Raimona: 

    1. The Raimona national park that falls under Kokrajhar district of Bodoland Territorial Region is a part of a contiguous forest patch with an area of 422 square km covering the northern part of the notified Ripu Reserve Forest (area of 508.62 square km), which forms the westernmost buffer to Manas Tiger Reserve in the southern foothills of Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot.
    2. The boundary of Raimona national park, which forms with the Sonkosh River on the west along the inter-state boundary of West Bengal and Assam from Indo-Bhutan border up to fire line Ride-6 southwards (BP30) and Saralbhanga River on the east runs northwards till it touches the Indo-Bhutan international boundary on the north and the remaining part of Ripu RF on the south.
    3. The southern boundary runs eastwards along the fire line Ride-6 up to Pekua River where it runs at 90 degrees southwards till it meets the fire line Ride-3.
    4. Historically, the area was a part of the migratory route of the faunal species from Himalayan Mountain, Indo-Malayan and Indo-Chinese realms towards the west and Peninsular Indian realm species to the east.
    5. The new national park shares contiguous forest patches of Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary and Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park in Bhutan (total area of 1,999 square km) creating a transboundary conservation landscape of more than 2,400 square km.
    6. The new national park forms the westernmost buffer to the Manas Tiger Reserve (TR) is one of the nine such reserves in India first declared by Project Tiger in 1973. The area is also an integral part of Manas Biosphere Reserve (BR) and Chirang-Ripu Elephant Reserve (ER). The Manas national park is located in the heart of the TR cum ER which is also a natural World Heritage Site. 

    Assam forest officials said that the new national park will open up huge opportunities of ecotourism for the fringe villagers, who currently are partially or totally dependent on forest resources for their livelihood. 

    “A highly viable tourism circuit through the Raimona national park and the contiguous protected areas of Bhutan will attract national and international tourists, who will not only enjoy the wildlife and outstanding scenic beauty but also the diverse and colourful social landscapes and their rich culture and tradition,” said an official.

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