NAGAON: After neighbouring Morigaon, central Assam's Nagaon district gets ready to get a biodiversity park where as many as 1,000 rare species of medicinal and aromatic plants are going to be preserved.
A high-level source of Nagaon Forest Division said that works of the biodiversity park in Nagaon is going on in Kampur where the park is constructed in a 3.5 hectare area under Kampur forest range.
The biodiversity park in Morigaon, established in a 2.5 hectare area at the vicinity of Morigaon town was inaugurated a couple of months back.
"The Morigaonbiodiversity park has nearly 600 different species of medicinal and aromatic plants. We have the plan of increasing the number of species upto 1000," the Forest Department source said.
Conservator of forest JN Sarma said that stress is specially on preserving the indigenous herbs with a long term policy so that these parks could be an attraction of outsider tourists.
"These parks are equipped even with orchid gardens, water born plants. We hope completion of the entire works might give a new dimension to the concept of preservation of indigenous plant varieties," Sarma said.
Hilly regions of the State, especially the two hill districts of Assam - KarbiAnglong and DimaHasao are known as the place where rare medicinal plants are abundant.
Recreation and biodiversity park established 20 years ago in KarbiAnglong district head quarter Diphu is the first of its kind in north eastern region.
In 2010, KarbiAnglong Forest Department was much in the news when it was found that as many as Rs 1.15 crore was shown as spent in the name of establishing another recreation and biodiversity park in West KarbiAnglong district head quarter Hamren. "The Hamrenpark was only in office file. Had that park was really established in reality without pocketing the huge fund, KarbiAnglong must have another biggest asset of pride," said Bor Singh Rangfar, a Hamren villager.