Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Tuesday opened the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary for tourists for the session 2020-21.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by the minister of state for health, Pijush Hazarika and Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah along with other senior district and forest officials.

While sharing some pictures of the opening ceremony, forest minister Suklabaidya tweeted: “Along with Hon’ble MoS Shri  @Pijush_hazarika, Hon’ble ATDC Chairman Shri @jayanta_malla
today attended the opening ceremony of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary for tourists for the session 2020-21.”

The forest minister along with the ATDC chairman enjoyed jeep and elephant safaris in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary on the day.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 38.81 sq km.

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However, it has been alleged that out of the total area of the sanctuary, 11 sq km of land is under encroachment.

However, Suklabaidya in another tweet said the forest department is making all sorts of efforts for the overall development of the wildlife sanctuary.

“This sanctuary being close to the hub of NE India, Guwahati is a huge booster of tourism & our Department is putting in all efforts for the overall development of the sanctuary,” the forest minister tweeted.

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