Guwahati: The Assam government is set to complete the legal process for doubling the Kaziranga National Park area from the present 430 sq km.
State Forest and Tourism Minister Rockybul Hussain said the government was expeditiously trying to settle the land acquisition process for the extension so that animals, including the prized one-horned rhinos, were better protected.
Although the park has already more than 800 sq km area, it was not legally sanctioned thus preventing the authorities from removing human settlements in the proposed extended area.
"Very soon we will have the legal formalities completed for the area expansion," he said.
The minister said steps were being taken to plant saplings in 20,000 hectares. A process was also on to raise a Assam Forest Protection Force.
Hussain, who also holds the charge of the state`s information and public relation department, said an initiative had been taken to project the state`s development in proper perspective through booklets, banners, hoardings and documentaries.
The minister said efforts were on to boost schemes and attract more and more tourists to the state.
Internationally-acclaimed film-maker Jahnu Baruah has been roped in to popularise the tourism sector in a big way, the minister said.
Public toilets under Sulabh International would be set up in public places along the national and state highways, Hussain said.