On April 7, President Droupadi Murmu will inaugurate the two-day "Gaj Utsav" in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The festival marks the successful completion of 30 years of Project Elephant and aims to promote conservation efforts.
During an elephant and jeep safari, President Murmu will also take in the breathtaking scenery of the national park. The event is expected to give more impetus to conservation efforts, as well as promote the region's tourism potential.
Project Elephant was launched in 1991-92 as a centrally-sponsored scheme to protect elephants and their habitat, prevent human-elephant conflict, and ensure the welfare of captive elephants in India. The festival aims to showcase the importance of elephant conservation and how it is vital to maintaining the ecological balance of the region.
The festival is organized by the tourism and forest departments to draw attention to the growing conflict between humans and elephants in the state and to find solutions to it. The event will include over 100 decorated domestic Asiatic elephants participating in various events, such as dance, football, parade, and races.
It is a first-of-its-kind event that highlights the national heritage animal's significance and the need to protect its habitat and welfare.
Overall, the Gaj Utsav is a celebration of the remarkable success achieved through Project Elephant, as well as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to ensure the continued well-being of these majestic creatures. It is an event that promises to be both informative and entertaining, with something for everyone.