Karbi Anglong will not be included in Kaziranga National Park Eco Sensitive Zone: Tuliram

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Glowing tributes paid to Kajir Ronghangpi at Kohora

HT Bureau

DIPHU, Dec 5: “Karbi Anglong will not be allowed to include into the Kaziranga National Park Eco Sensitive Zone. We will fight in all possible way including the legal fight,” Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) chief executive member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang said on Wednesday.

Earlier, All Assam Students Union (AASU) demanding removal of eco-sensitive zone tag from Kaziranga National Park (KNP) saying that there is no illegal encroachment in Kaziranga and that such step will make people homeless who are legitimately staying there.

After the declaration of the eco-sensitive zone of the KNP, the KNP authorities have decided to ban stone quarrying, timber sale and plying of vehicles inside the park. The eco-sensitive zone will cover 500 metres of the boundary of the KNP and several rules and regulations will also be followed for the protection and preservation of the national park.

Addressing a public meeting organised by KAAC at Kindolangso under Duarbagori Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency on Wednesday, Ronghang said, “Rs 10,000 crore project is being taken up for development of KNP. As maximum area of the National Park is in Karbi Anglong, the district will get the maximum benefit.”

“The promises made on the last occasion (of paying homage to Kajir Ronghangpi) for Kajir Ronghangpi Kindulangso Memorial Park has been fulfilled as the boundary wall, gate and open are complete. In the days to come further development work will be taken up. The nearby place Kaipholangso will be developed as a tourist spot with prime minister’s special financial package,” he said.

Glowing tributes were paid to Karbi legendary figure Kajir Ronghangpi at Kohora with garlands, prayers and recalling her tale. KAAC has declared a holiday on December 5 to pay homage to Kajir Ronghangpi.

He also said that on December 11, Team Karbi Anglong- the KAAC team comprising of elected public representatives and officials will visit Murat in Chinthong MAC constituency.

According to legend Kajir Ronghangpi was sent down to earth by Songsar richo – the creator. She was gifted with a one horned rhinoceros for ploughing the field for paddy. It is after her name that the present Kaziranga National Park is derived.

Kajir Ronghangpu was the youngest daughter of Hok Ronghang and Bong-e Teronpi. Hok Ronghang was a Karbi chief with the present Kaziranga under his jurisdiction. Kajir has elder sister Kading Ronghangpi and brother Sarsomon Ronghang. As a child Kajir has a divine personality and seeing this the angles took her to heaven. But she was sent back to earth in search of her parents. While descending to earth Kajir brought with her a rhinoceros for ploughing the field. After accomplishing the task she went back to heaven. She instructed her brother Sarsomon to cultivate paddy. The place where Kajir lived was called Kajir Arong – Kajir’s village. In due course of time Kajir Arong was turned into Kaziranga.

 

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