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Nonaipara TE provides safe passage to wild elephants

Management of Nonaipara tea garden under Goodricke Group situated near India-Bhutan border in Udalguri district has launched a new programme of attracting students and children to plant more and more trees in an effort to check climate change and restoration of forests for wild animals and birds.The plantation and conservation programme was officially launched on June 10 in Nonaipara tea garden at 11 am.NM D'Souza,senior Asstt. Manager, Nonaipara TE and senior environmental journalist JK Das launched the programme by planting a sapling each followed by hundreds of school children and teachers in presence of several ladies and journalists.Office bearers of 'ADWR',a social NGO of the district also took part in the plantation programme.It needs mention that the tea garden had already converted an area of 20 HEC of lands into forest in order to provide shelter to wild animals specially wild elephants. Talking to this correspondent Senior Asstt.Manager D'Souza said that an area of 5 more HEC would be added to existing 20 HEC of new forest lands. Referring specially to man-elephant conflict in Udalguri district,he said that Nonaipara tea garden had not been suffering much by wild elephants as they had been maintaining a eight km long elephant corridor from Bhutan border to plains of Assam through Nonaipara and Orangajuli tea gardens.The wild herds could move through the corridors undisturbed.According to the tea garden management there had been no casualties in their tea garden due to “Man-Elephant Conflict” for several years.Another official Dipak Kumar Hazarika said that they had arranged three water reservoirs meant for wild elephants during their seasonal migration from Bhutan hills to Assam plains during June to December in each year.He further said that they had trained their workers not to come on the way of wild herds.Some people have also been specially employed to check if any wild animal or bird was killed or captivated by any tea garden workers.Hunting of any kind had totally been banned in and around the tea garden and tea garden management had been maintaining a very cordial relation with forest department.Later in the afternoon of the day,an interactive session was held in the garden hall where Senior Asstt.Manager NM D'Souza; environmental journalist JK Das and Christina Mushahari, Deputy Director “ADWR” had interactive session with children on conservation of flora and fauna.Local youth Syan Tanti performed with a song on conservation while children of Jagrti LP School staged a spectacular drama on recent deforestation activities in Udalguri district.Niraj Moni Chouracia,Asstt.Manager;Robin Gowala,President,local unit of AASAA,Rubi Bora,Supriya Hazarika,Puja Singh attended the days programme as the distinguished guests.


 

 

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