Expansion of Orang National Park
The State is to add 200.32 square kilometres to the Orang National Park. The area to be added consists of Brahmaputra River. It also includes sandbars and islands of the river.
Tigers and Rhinos are using the islands and sandbars that are being included. Orang region in the northern bank of Brahmaputra is essential to Kaziranga Orang Riverine Landscape. This is because animals move between the Orang and Kaziranga stretch through these lands. This stretch is 180 km. It is a corridor connecting two habitats.
Orang is a major rhino habitat. It became a tiger reserve in 2016. The other seven national parks in Assam are DehingPatkai, Dibru – Saikhowa, Manas, Kaziranga, Nameri, Raimona.
The National Parks, Wild Life sanctuaries and other wildlife related subjects were moved to Concurrent List. Earlier it was under the state list. In 1976, the 42nd constitutional amendment moved these subjects to concurrent list.