Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has become the first National Park in India to have been equipped with satellite phones, according to reports. Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has become the first national park in India to be equipped with satellite phones. 10 satellite phones were handed over to the park officials on Wednesday.

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A meeting was chaired by Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma at Kaziranga National Park on May 27. The meeting was attended by Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklebaidya. Ministers Keshab Mahanta and Atul Bora, Directors of Kaziranga National Park and Deputy Commissioners of adjoining districts. The decision was taken at that meeting.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) procured ten satellite phones for the national park at an estimated cost of Rs 16 lakh. BSNL will be the service provider and the Park Authority will bear the monthly cost.

 

The satellite phones will be used in pockets of the park’s six ranges with no wireless or poor mobile connectivity. Forest and environment minister Parimal Suklaibaidya thanked the chief minister for the initiative.

“Kaziranga has become the first in the country to use satellite phones, which are generally used by the law-enforcing agencies. The satellite phones will give an edge to the forest personnel over the poachers and also during emergencies like floods,” Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said.

According to the park authorities, KNP has become the first in the country to use satellite phones as this facility is generally used by law-enforcing agencies. The public is barred from using satellite phones in India.

 

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