Assam-Rani forest full of eco-tourism potential

RANI, Oct 17 – Despite being endowed with enormous potential for ecotourism, the Rani Forest – reportedly gazetted way back in 1882 – is yet to be harnessed to the benefit of the common people, the mode of sustenance of whom is contingent largely on the forest produce. Some 20 km south of Guwahati, Rani with the attractive features in her kitty – breath taking view, hilly terrain, cultural diversity, etc. – is a classic destination. Of the three reserved forest like Rani RF, Jarasal RF and Kawasing RF, the former with 3770 hac of land is the largest one which boasts of the Kapili waterfalls. Though a sought-after destination among picnickers, Kapili together with the green expanse of Rani dotted with sal have the making of emerging as an ecotourism hot spot.

Farming near Rani reserve forest

Farming near Rani reserve forest

Sukurberia, 7 km from Rani under Kawashing RF with sizeable concentration of teak trees, could cater to the tourists’ thirst. “Trading on the natures bounty of Rani we could uplift the fragile economic status of the local people which is an effective deterrent to deal a crushing blow to the illegal logging syndicate,” observed Josimuddin Ahmed, Range Officer, Rani Forest Range Office.

Moreover, the rich natural endorsement of Lumpe bordering Meghalaya could put Assam on the itinerary of foreign tourists. With the serene, secluded and spellbinding beauty of nature under Singra Range, Boko is a must-see destination for people having itchy feet. 40 km south of Boko, the rich reservoir of fauna and flora is blessed with waterfalls that could quench the thirst for natural beauty.

Of the 10 reserved forests under Singra Range in Boko, the Dronpara-based waterfalls nearly 20 km from Boko is under Bogaikhas RF covering 24668.770 ha area and another tourist spot frequented by the picnickers abound in natural beauty. Hahim, 16 km south of Boko, is under Bigaikhas and Moman RF.

Singara Range in Assam

Singara Range in Assam

As far as infrastructure of road communication is concerned, “16 km stretch from Compatoli to Lower Lumpe is yet to enjoy the virtue of being bump-free.

Going by the vast tourism potential authority concerned should undertake required steps to exploit the nature’s bounty so that economic upgradation of people living in the back of the beyond parts of the State could be achieved without making further dent in the already degraded forest cover of this part of the State.

“Making the best use of the aesthetic aspect of nature we could not only generate profits but keep the productive and protective aspect of nature intact for the wellbeing of our posterity”, a group of students told The Assam Tribune.

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