Demand for forest division

Kalimpong, Jan. 2: The Kalimpong unit of the GNLF has decided to launch a renewed campaign in support of its long-standing demand to get a separate forest division to monitor the Neora Valley National Park.

The sanctuary in the hill subdivision is presently looked after by the Jalpaiguri division of the state forest wildlife department. “We will chalk out a plan of action in the next few weeks to realise our long-standing goal. While the park is geographically situated in our part of the woods, it is managed by Jalpaiguri,” Dawa Pakhrin, the Kalimpong unit president of the GNLF, told The Telegraph today. The demand was also raised by Subash Ghisingh some years ago when Jogesh Burman was the forest minister, but to no avail, Pakhrin said.

According to him, unlike the present arrangement, if a division is created with its headquarters in Kalimpong, managing the park would be easier. Now, the distance between the divisional headquarters and the park is an impediment to efficient management.

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