The Arunachal Pradesh government has asked the Assam forest department to check whether the newly notified Dehing-Patkai national park falls in the disputed border area between the two northeastern states.

State home minister Bamang Felix informed this in the House on Friday while replying to a question by Congress MLA Wangling Lowangdong.

Felix, who also holds the border affairs portfolio, said the administration is aware of the Assam government’s notification about the national park.

The minister said the government has already dashed off a letter to the chief wildlife warden of Assam to ascertain whether the notified park falls in the disputed interstate border area.

He said the Tirap district administration in Arunachal was also directed to cross-check the same.

Dehing-Patkai rainforest, which has unique floral and faunal diversity, was notified as a national park by the Assam government on June 9.

The forest was first recognized by the Assam government in 2004, when 111.19 sq km of the area was designated as Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.

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