Guwahati: In a preliminary notification, Assam government has decided to grant wildlife sanctuary status to Behali reserve forest. A wildlife sanctuary is granted after the final notification would be issued.
Declared in 1917, the Behali Reserved Forest (BRF) has been the last remaining semi-evergreen forest in Biswanath district of Assam. It was a home to around 950 species with a total geographical area of around 60 sq km.
The Assam government, through a gazette notification on May 4, said, “The Governor of Assam hereby appoints the Deputy Commissioner of Biswanath District to act as a Collector under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, to inquire into and determine the existence, nature and extent of rights of any person in or over the land comprised within the limits described in the Schedule.”
Nature lovers, wildlife activists have been demandin to declare Behali reserve forest as a wildlife sanctuary for long.