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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Manas National Park reopens today

BARPETA, Nov 3: The Manas National Park, situated on the foothills of the Himalayas and a part of which extends to Bhutan, will reopen for tourists on November 4, next. The authorities delayed the reopening of this national park due to government apathy and indifference of the BTAD administration, sources said.

It was reported that the park was supposed to reopen in the month of September last but the park authorities could not manage to reopen it due to lack of financial assistance from the State Government and the BTAD administration. The park authorities, while talking to this correspondent of The Sentinel, revealed that the roads inside the park were in a deplorable condition. Moreover, continuous erosion has put a threat on the upper Mathanguri Bunglaw. Also, the authorities informed this correspondent that construction of some of the beat offices was not complete.

The park authorities have decided to reopen the Manas National Park tomorrow after a brief discussion took place between deputy executive Kampha Borgayari and the authorities of the park, said Anindya Swargiary, project director of Manas National Park.

The Manas National Park was declared as a sanctuary on October 1, 1928 and was designated as a World Heritage site in December, 1985. The sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife, including tiger, golden langur, wild buffalo, hispid hare, pigmy hog, capped langur, the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, gaur, hog deer, etc. The scenic beauty and rare wealth of wildlife combine with this unique heritage site to offer one of the most enthralling experiences for the tourists. Also Manas National Park has a glorious history with the legend of the Bodo-Kacharies and the Naudari-Chikhla but the park is losing its glorious significance slowly. THE SENTINEL

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