Back in September 2016, the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment had sanctioned Rs.24.56 crore for the project which was to be implemented in six fringe villages around the park.
Once completed, this will possibly be India’s longest flyover. Officials of the park said the flyover would help secure the free movement of the animals.
Sivakumar is the no-nonsense but passionate Field Director of Kaziranga National Park, practically the custodian of the Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros.
According to official sources, 18 rhinos and an elephant were among the animals which died. Most of the deaths were that of deer.
The flood also claimed the lives of 187 animals, including 16 rhinos, in the Kaziranga National Park.
The movement of animals to nearby hills of Karbi Anglong district on the other side of the highway, especially during annual floods, is a common phenomenon.
The deluge in the Brahmaputra this year has submerged the park’s vast swathes of even higher grounds, forcing animals to be stranded on small islands with little food.
Over 150 anti-poaching camps in the park are affected by the floods and the authorities are working round-the-clock to check the poaching at the UNESCO World Heritage site, officials said.
The death toll in the floods, which have submerged 70 per cent of Kaziranga, has now risen to six. Authorities have set up 68 relief camps where 7,643 people are lodged.
Toyikhu Zhimomi alias Master alias Hokopo Zhimo alias Hokup was arrested by the sleuths of crime branch of police and forest officials of Assam from a guest house in Guwahati.
In the 2017 floods, over 360 animals drowned due to the floods in Kaziranga, of which 31 were rhinos, according to official data.
Starting even before the monsoon, the Brahmaputra and 100 of its tributaries have breached their banks in the last 10 weeks.