Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has assured the full support of his government in protecting the Namdapha National Park from encroachers.

Khandu who was at Miao in Changlang district on Thursday to review the National Park was briefed on matters related to encroachment inside the park by the authorities concerned which they said is of “around 30 sq km of the core area”.

The issue was also echoed by the local legislator and cabinet minister Kamlung Mossang and an urgent request for protection of the National Park was placed before the chief minister.

Khandu admitted that human encroachment is a big concern and assured to take immediate action.

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He also assured that the state government will provide full support in the maintenance and protection of the park.

Spread at an area of around 1,985km, the famous Namdapha National Park is home to four big cat species – tiger, common leopard and clouded leopard.

The part that lies in the international border between India and Myanmar (Burma) is also home to the Holoong tree, the state tree of Arunachal Pradesh.

Nampdapha is not only an important Park for the state but also of the nation due to its biodiversity and presence of four big cats.

Namdapha was originally declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1972, then a National Park in 1983 and became a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger scheme in the same year.

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