IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis

Kaziranga set to be expanded by 3,053 hectares

5th September, 2020 Environment

Context: Assam govt. approves addition of areas straddling Nagaon and Sonitpur

About: A group The Assam government has approved the addition of 30.53 sq. km ( 3,053 hectares) to the 884 sq. km Kaziranga National Park.

  • The additional areas straddling two districts — Nagaon and Sonitpur — would make the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) grow to 1085.53 sq km.
  • The core area of the KNPTR is 430 sq km.

About KNP:

  • The Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam.
  • Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reference: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/draft-environment-impact-assessment-norms-explained-6482324/