Effective Nov 5, distribution, sale, consumption & disposing of empty packets of such items prohibited around Kohora outpost of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Assam
Guwahati: In a bid to keep the world-famous Kaziranga National Park in Assam free from substances like pan masala, gutkha, supari, tobacco and other similar products, the "distribution, sale, consumption and disposing” of empty packets of these items within a 300-metre radius from Kohora outpost have been prohibited.
The order was passed on Tuesday with immediate effect by Vivek Shyam Pangyok, sub-divisional magistrate of Bokakhat.
Referring to pan masala, tobacco and supari-related products, the order stated that "use of such substances affects the beauty and cleanliness of the area where people either spit or throw the empty packets on roadside, which flows to Kohora river and ultimately ends up inside the national park."
Further, it said, "It has appeared to me that the beauty of the Kohora Chariali area is destroyed by the use of gutka, paan masala, supari and such kind of substances and the ecological environment inside the Kaziranga National Park is in danger by the plastic packets and the intoxicating substances."
Action will be taken under Section 188 of IPC if any person is found violating, said the prohibitory order.