This Article is From May 21, 2020

SaveDehingPatkai: Gauhati University Students Campaign To Save ' Amazon Of The East ’

The campaign by Eco Club, Gauhati University, aims to spread awareness and protect the rainforest from any future damage.

SaveDehingPatkai: Gauhati University Students Campaign To Save ' Amazon Of The East ?

Save Dihing Patkai

Students of Gauhati University have started an online campaign to stop coal mining in Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam.

The campaign has been organized by Eco Club, GU, and it aims to spread awareness about the future of the wildlife sanctuary through “social media movement.”

Recently, The National Board for Wildlife, or NBWL, permitted Coal India Limited to carry out extraction in 98.59 hectares of the rainforest's land. Many fear that it will completely destroy Dehing Patkai, which is also known as ‘Amazon of the East.'

“Illegal mining has already damaged the rainforest. Recently, NBWL has permitted Coal India Limited to start extraction in 98.59 hectares of land at Dehing Patkai in Saleki-- an Elephant Reserve area. It will completely destroy the Sanctuary,” Postgraduate Students' Union (PGSU) of Gauhati University said in a statement.

“Post #SaveDehingPatkai in your social media accounts. Together we can save Dehing Patkai,” the statement added.


Apart from Dehing Patkai, Assam has five national parks, 17 wildlife sanctuaries and two biosphere reserves, including Kaziranga and Manas National Park.

These protected areas house many endangered and rare species. Kaziranga National Park is known for one-horned Rhino.

The homes of rare species have been facing serious threats from illegal hunters, occupiers, and floods.

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