Guwahati, Apr 9 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the Forest Department to carry out highland construction in Kaziranga National Park promptly and complete it before monsoon hits the state.

Sonowal, who visited the highland construction sites at Mihimukh under Kohora Range of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), emphasised on ensuring safe shelter for animals during floods, said an official release.

He asked the Forest officials to plant adequate saplings on the highlands once the construction work was over.

“Sonowal particularly stressed on planting trees, which could be used as fodder by the herbivorous during flood.

He also asked the Forest Department to take appropriate measures to ensure medical facilities for the animals at the highlands during flood,” the statement said.

Taking into account high tourist footfalls in the park during winters, Sonowal directed the officials to make the highlands in a tourist-friendly manner so that the visitors could better enjoy the park.

After the visit, he also held a meeting at Kohora to take stock of security measures of the park with senior government officials, the release said.

Deputy Commissioners and SPs of Nagaon, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur and Biswanath districts also took part in the meeting, it added.

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