Guwahati: The sub-divisional officer of Bokakhat, Vivek Shyam, on Wednesday banned the storage, sale and consumption of tobacco, supari, zarda, gutkha and pan masala at the Kohora range of Kaziranga National Partk for a year.
This has been done to preserve the beauty of the areas in and around the park. The ban has been imposed with an immediate effect from November 6, 2019. The use of the products has impacted the area’s cleanliness because of people either spitting or throwing the empty packets on the road side.
Shyam stated that this step was taken with an initiative to keep Kaziranga National Park pollution free. The consumers of the products have also polluted the nearby Kohora river.
The ban is imposed under Section 144 CrPC and anyone found guilty of violating the law would be liable for punishment.