Guwahati: The Assam government has granted permission for the establishment of a second wildlife sanctuary in Assam’s Barak Valley. Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi has given his approval for the creation of Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary.
“In exercise of the power conferred by Section 35 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 as amended up to date, the Governor of Assam is pleased to declare its intention to constitute the area described in the Schedule annexed hereto as the Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary,” an official order stated.
“The Governor of Assam further hereby appoints the Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Silchar, to enquire into and determine the existence, the nature, and extent of any rights/claims alleged to exist in favor of any person or persons, in or over any land within the limit described in the schedule below,” the order added. T
he Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary in Barak Valley will spread across an area of 320 sq km between the Barak River and the Sonai River.
Notably, the Barak Valley located in Southern Assam houses a plethora of birds and mammals and the new wildlife sanctuary will also be home to king cobra.
Besides this, the Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary will also have slow loris, rhesus macaque, pig-tailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, capped langur, phayre’s leaf monkey, and hoolock gibbon.