A(B)ACA

About sixty odd years ago, in the small town of Tezpur, a few wildlife enthusiasts started the North Bank Shooting and Fishing Association. What started as an association of British planters and a few Indian gentlemen in pursuit of the prized golden mahseer has today become a platform for the conservation of this and many other species in and around the Jia Bhoroli river.

Over the years, the Association has been organizing a range of events from recreational ones like the first angling competition in 1981 and river rafting with the support of the District Administration, Forest Department, Williamson Major Group of Companies, the Indian Army and Para Military Forces. Later, welfare programs like medical camps, veterinary camps for the villagers and conservation seminars also got started. Each of these have been a roaring success, judging by the participation of the local people as well as a host of naturalists, environmental scientists, conservationists and officials from both the civil administration and forest department.

Impressed by the success of the annual angling and rafting events, Mr.L. Menezes, Secretary of the North Eastern Council (NEC), mooted the idea of establising the Eco Camp in the early 90s. With the support of the Goverment of Assam, the Assam Forest Department particularly Mr. Ramen Hazarika (the then CCF Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden), members of the tea community (A.B.I.T.A) and a financial grant from NEC, two members of the A(B)AA, Mr. J. Phukan and Mr. S. P. Agarwala were authorized as camp directors to work towards setting up the camp in 1994. Years later in 2006, Camp Directors, Mr. P. Dutta and Mr. Ronesh Roy upgraded the facilities of the camp, planted exotic flora and trained the local boys in the culinary and hospitality department.