The Dehing Patkai is a Wildlife Sanctuary located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam. It’s the only rainforest in Assam and is a matter of attraction for migrating animals. It’s also a place where millions of tourist comes every year. It’s spread enormously covering an area of around 111 sq. km and also extended to some portion of Arunachal Pradesh. The place is a part of Assam valley and is further subdivided into three parts named as Jeypore, upper Dihing River and Dirok rainforest. The place was declared a sanctuary in the year 2004. A part of this rainforest is served as an elephant reserve. The place is concentrated with a wide variety of living creatures. It’s the home of more than 350 species of birds, 47 species of mammals including 7 species of primates and 7 species of cats, 300 species of butterflies and more than 70 species of reptiles.
There are 94 varieties of trees, 300 species of plants, and 110 species of orchids.
Dehing Patkai is a threatened place
Dehing Patkai is a mineral-rich place, a major reason why the place is threatened. Legal and illegal coal extraction is going on there for a very long time. The place has high polluting industries planted in its area, these include coal mines, oil refineries, etc.
What is not pleasing is the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) has recommended coal mining in a portion of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve which is against the protection of the country’s ecological environment. This is illogical, on the one hand, the majority of people are planting more and more to save nature, and on the other, even the ministry of the environment has passed these projects against the well-being of Dehing Patkai. The government must understand the fact that what they are up to is minuscule after this immense beautiful nature. These destructive activities are not only the end, but a wrong message to the people that WHO are they to think about nature if the government and CIL itself not weighting the fact that these steps can be a stimulating factor in the destruction.
Abhineet Mishra a famous comedian, in his own humorous style, encouraged Indians to come forward and stand up for Dehing Patkai. Let’s have a look at his words.
“The proposal for coal mining in the area is dependent on a feasibility study. The study is being carried out by Coal India Limited (CIL) said the company that has not renewed license for a long time.”, He said sarcastically.
“Everyone should learn from the recent tampering with nature. Someone somewhere tampered with the nature and the entire world is paying for it.” he further added from the viewpoint of Lockdown.
At last he said, “Nothing is going to change with one man’s standing. So let’s stand together and speak out against these projects.”
Watch video from Abhineet Mishra
Why Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is famous?
1. Dehing Patkai is the only rainforest in Assam. It is spread over a big area covers majorly two district, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. The three parts of this sanctuary are the Dirok rainforest, upper Dihing River, and Jeypore.
2. It’s the only place on the earth where we can find 7 species diversity of the wild cat.
3. The IUCN’s red-listed Malayan Sun Bear’s photograph has been taken from this area. It’s the smallest of the world’s eight bear species.
4. The place is the home of more than 350 species of birds, 47 species of mammals including 7 species of primates and 7 species of rare cats, 300 species of butterflies and more than 70 species of reptiles. There are 94 varieties of trees, 300 species of plants, and 110 species of orchids.
5. A very rare orchid named “Vrydagzynea nuda” has been seen in this forest for the first time in India.
6. Rare fauna found in this place are Chinese Pangolin, flying fox, sambar, Malayan giant squirrels barking deer, wild pig, serow, and golden cat.
7. A very threatened, near to diminish species, Assamese macaque, is a primate found in this rainforest.
8. It’s the most preferred roaming place for elephants and hoolock gibbon.
9. 5 species of hornbill are found there.
10. The place is home for 5 rare species of monkeys. They are also in the list of endangered species.
Called Amazon of the East #DehingPatkai sanctuary has everything from elephants-cats-to bears-famous Assam macaque-in which the govt has permitted mining.— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) May 23, 2020
Do we need another #COVIDー19 to realise how important #biodiversity is. Petition against mining https://t.co/mocBAr9CCD
It’s the time to wake up and speak out together as you made when the heart of brazil was burning. It’s your own heart that is being pushed towards destruction with some unhealthy decisions made by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Let’s make a stand with #saveDehingPatkai and #IamDehingPatkai
Let’s start by taking a small initiative and begin with singing a petition to make the world a better place to live again!
Message from The Forest Man of India
Awareness video by Gauhati University’s Eco Club, Moi Prokriti
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