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NEW HIGHWAY THREATENS TIGER TERRITORY IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH

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Namdapha National Park, India’s easternmost tiger reserve, a new highway project has been cleared

through yet another big cat reserve in Arunachal Pradesh

Named the East­ West Industrial Corridor, the highway aims to connect Bhairabhunda in West Kameng

district and Manmao in Changlang district along Arunachal Pradesh’s border with Assam

Details of Nameri, Pakhui, and Namdapha tiger reserve

  • Nameri National Park is a national park in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India, about 35 km from Tezpur
  • Nameri shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. Together they constitute an area of over 1000 km2 of which Nameri has a total area of 200  km2
  • Pakke Tiger Reserve, also known as Pakhui Tiger Reserve, is a Project Tiger reserve in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India
  • This Tiger Reserve has won India Biodiversity Award 2016 in the category of ‘Conservation of threatened species’ for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.
  • Namdapha National Park is a 1,985 km2 (766 sq mi) large protected area in Arunachal Pradesh of Northeast India.
  • With more than 1,000 floral and about 1,400 faunal species, it is a biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas.
  • The national park harbours the northernmost lowland evergreen rainforests in the world at 27°N latitude



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