‘Assam national parks, sanctuaries encroached’

The Centre Wednesday said at least 315.53 hectares of land in the Kaziranga National Park has been encroached.

Some 176 sq km area in four other national parks and six wildlife sanctuaries in Assam has also been encroached, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan informed the Rajya Sabha.

In Kaziranga, she said, encroachment has taken place in four of the six new additions where people have built houses and cattle sheds.

The worst-affected wildlife habitat, however, is the Burha-Chapori sanctuary, where encroachers have taken over 28.5 sq km of the total 44.06 sq km.

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