Wild jumbos of Dehing Patkai facing problem

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HT Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, May 21: Wild jumbos of Dehing Patkai elephant reserve in Jorajan area under Digboi forest division in upper Assam Tinsukia district has been facing problem due to the drilling and walk over work carrying out by Oil India Limited near the elephant corridor area. The elephants are facing disturbances due to the work of Oil India Limited.

However, Bogipani elephant corridor one of the major elephant corridor in Digboi facing immense enchroachment due to garbage dumping.

Bijay Gogoi, president of Evergreen Foundation, NGO said, “The elephants of upper Dehing reserve under Jorajan area are facing problem due to the disturbances from Oil India Limited. The OIL has been carrying some work in the area pissing problem for the elephant to cross the area. Now, it has been seen that due to heavy encroachment and deforestation at Dehing Patkai elephant reserve the wild pachyderm are facing problem resulting in man-elephant conflict”.

Gogoi said, “White winged wood duck, the state bird of Assam which has been spotted frequently in the Jorajan area but now after heavy equipment used by OIL, the bird is not seen in the area.”

On the other hand, a mass campaign in social media has been going on to Save Amazon of East Dehing- Patkai from coal mafias. ‘I am Dehing Patkai’ has gained momentum in the social media and the students from various institution raised voices against Coal mining in Dehing Patkai.

“We should save Dehing Patkai because it is known as the Amazon of East. Northeast Coal India Limited(NCIL) has been carrying out mining in the Dehing Patkai area causing destruction of it’s ecology,” said a student of Digboi college.

According to a reports submitted to NBWL authorities, coal India Limited (CIL) has been carrying out mining in 57.02 hectares of the forest reserve for several years without obtaining any permission.

“It is not clear whether CIL is doing the mining in the area which falls under Dehing Patkai elephant reserve or not. It is true that deforestation has been going on at Dehing Patkai reserve forest but it is not clear about the mining,” said a source.

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