The Intanki National Park Officials organised a meeting with the fringe villages on July 25 at Forest Rest Houser Jalukie to finalise the declaration of Eco-sensitive zone in which 16 fringe villages out of 20 attended the meeting whereas the remaining 4 (four) villages could not turn up due to communication problem.
While conducting the programme, Heuneilung, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Intanki National Park, highlighted about the objective and policy of declaration of Eco-sensitive Zone along the areas adjacent to the National Park.
Y.M. Jami, IFS, C.F. & Director, Intanki National Park, deliberated in details about the purpose, objectives, and extent of the provision for total prohibition, regulatory and permissible activities. He also pointed out about the scope of development of Eco-tourism inside the National Park in which fringe villages will be the beneficiaries when the inflow of tourists starts.
Dr. Sentitula, IFS, Divisional Forest Officer, Peren Division, also spoke supplementing the idea of declaration of Eco-sensitive zone. She also expressed appreciation to the good response of public in attending the meeting.
She elaborated the importance of presence of National Park in the district and pointed out about the direct and indirect benefit in terms of business to the people of fringe villages of the National Park when the Park is well protected and developed by declaring Ecological Sensitive Zone in their respective village jurisdiction.
The convenor of Action Committee on Protection of Intanki National Park along with the Advisor, Zeliangrong Baudi, who also attended the meeting, supported the idea and assured to give full co-operation to the department towards the protection of the National Park.
Having come to fully understand about the activities of prohibition, regulation and permission, which will be enforced after the declaration, the participating villages agreed to abide by the rules and regulations provided by the department after which they appended their signature in presence of all the participants.
In a bid to encourage the people to adopt and use renewable source of energy thereby reducing firewood consumption, the department also distributed solar lamps to all participants.