Guwahati: The state forest department on Wednesday declared the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary as a National Park, with this Assam has now seven national parks.
The national park status will guarantee better management and protection of the flora and fauna of Dehing Patkai which forms the largest stretch of lowland rainforest in the country. The flow of more funds is expected to boosts its infrastructure.
A section of conservationist and lawyers has fought a long battle demanding its upgradation into a national park.
Located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, the 111.19 sq km Dehing Patkai was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2004. It is home to 47 mammal, 47 reptile, and 310 butterfly species.
Earlier on World Environment Day, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma declared Raimona Sanctuary into a national park.
The new national parks will open up huge opportunities of ecotourism for the fringe villagers, who currently are partially or totally dependent on forest resources for their livelihood.