19th Oct 2019 10:10:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Oct 19: Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife & Bio-diversity) cum Chief Wildlife Warden, M. Surya Prakash, IFS while visiting D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWS) here in East Siang district on Friday said that it has every potential to become the most preferred eco-tourism destination in state. 
Prakash, who visited the sanctuary at Sibiyamukh Range by cruising the Siang river on boat said that landscape beauty of the riverine island sanctuary gets supplemented by a mix of grassland and thick forest, making it outstanding among other sanctuaries and national parks in the state. This makes the place best for eco-tourism which will attract tourists from all corners of the country if maintained properly along with enhancement of infrastructure. “Since DEWS is nearby the centurion town of Pasighat, which is connected via air from Pasighat airport, through railways from nearby Murkong Selek, Jonai and by waterways from Siang/Brahmaputra, it has vast potential,” he said.
When asked about the concerning issues such as illegal cattle grazing inside the sanctuary from Assam side, PCCF assured to resolve the problem by consulting with the DFO and staff of the sanctuary. While recalling the lost glory of DEWS which once happened to be the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, PCCF also spoke about the need for protecting its rare flora & fauna by discouraging hunting and other frequent illegalities. He was also briefed about the present condition of the sanctuary by Divisional Forest Officer, Tasang Taga and Range Forest Officer, Sibiyamukh, Domek Koyu. DFO appealed the PCCF to give extra attention to DEWS which is plagued by staff shortages, infrastructural deficiencies such as porous boundaries on all sides, etc. Adequate posting of male field staffs like Forester, Forest Guard etc are necessary to protect the sanctuary as hunters frequently make attempts to intrude, DFO added. 
PCCF also inspected the Divisional Office of DEWS here and motivated the staff to discharge duties well.

Kenter Joya Riba

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