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Assam Assures No Coal Mining in Dehing Patkai

Coal News - Published on Thu, 28 May 2020

Image Source: Dehing-Patkai Reserve Forest
Assam state minister Parimal Suklabaidya said the government will not allow opencast mining by destroying trees in Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary. He said "We will not allow opencast mining by destroying a forest. We will not even think about it. Our history and tradition are involved with Patkai. Swargadeu Sukapha, the first Ahom king, entered Assam through this Patkai valley and ruled Assam. Our government does not want this tradition to be destroyed.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had ordered Suklabaidya, who is the forest minister, to visit Saleki, which is a part of Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, to conduct a field survey on the backdrop of protests against coal mining inside the forest.

Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 111.42 sq km, while the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve with 937 sq km of area is surrounding the sanctuary in its periphery across Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 28 May 2020
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