GUWAHATI: The Survey of India will complete the survey to demarcate the boundary of Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary within two months. This was informed to the Gauhati High Court by the Assistant Solicitor General of India on behalf of the Survey of India.
During a hearing of the case WP(C)/415/2018, the Assistant Solicitor General of India told the Gauhati High Court that an affidavit has been filed on behalf of the Survey of India in terms of the order dated 03.11.2021 in PIL No. 27/2013, in which it has been stated that the survey work has already been initiated as mentioned in paragraphs 4 and 5 of the affidavit.
Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the affidavit state –
"That the deponent begs to state that as of 26.11.2021, the Survey of India has completed the recce of both blocks (Block-I and Block-II) of the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. It has also completed the GPS observation of existing old boundary pillars as shown by the forest officials for planning purposes only. That the deponent begs to state that the Survey of India has established a master control GPS Station near both blocks of Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. It is further stated that GPS observation work for 24 boundary pillars (48 GPS points approximately) out of 48 boundary pillars of Block-I of Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is required for finally establishing boundary pillars of the Sanctuary are completed by the Survey of India."
The Assistant Solicitor General of India informed the court that the survey work is expected to be completed within two months.
A division bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Malasri Nandi stated, "In that view of the matter, let the matter be listed after 2 (two) months and it is also expected that the Survey of India will complete the survey within the said time so that necessary consequential action can be taken by the competent authority as regards the issue of encroachment is concerned."