Will govt preserve the pride and lifeline of Nagaon?

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Promises for Kolong’s rejuvenation turn out to be farce: AJYCP

HT Correspondent

NAGAON, Aug 7: The lifeline of Nagaon, the muse for various old and new poets and story tellers, the Kolong river is currently on the verge of extinction and it is being encroached upon by a section of high profile as well as conscious people of the district, ravaging the natural landscape of its banks.

Kolong during its colonial days, served as the hub of trade and transport. It was also the sole source of water for the nearby areas so much so that the name “Kolong” became synonymous to the territory it covered, colloquially.

The state government, be it the Congress-led government or the BJP-led current state coalition government, took up various projects worth crores of rupees to bring back its ancient youthfulness with fervent fertility and preserve the rich heritage of Kolong, yet all these attempts turned out to be a farce.

Various other organisations of the district came out to raise their voices against the futile steps taken by the government with no concrete results and also voiced their dissatisfaction with the minister concerned.

Speaking to media persons here at Nagaon, Deepmoni Bora, the district president of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) said that just before the last state assembly election, the ruling party promised to reshape and breath new life into the river, but even after the completion of four and a half years of their tenure, Kolong is still in its same debilitated form. In fact various high profile, powerful and educated people of the district extended its ongoing encroachment up to the heart of the river and constructed multi storeyed buildings one after another in the river bed. Bora further said that the state government sanctioned several cores of rupees and what exactly had been done with those funds by the department concerned was still a mystery.

Bora also added that he was astounded by the fact that these high profile people managed to get the green signal from the municipality as well as other concerned departments for the construction of those multi storeyed buildings in the river bed.

It may be mentioned that the current water resource minister of the state and MLA of the district, Keshab Mahanta declared as well as assured in a speech at a function held at Nagaon Khagen Mahanta auditorium, a few months ago that the district lifeline, Kolong river would flow in its youthful form through the district within a year of their governance.

Even though no visible action or steps have met the eyes of the onlookers, there is still some hope left in the government, that they might save this historical water body and take the right steps towards its rejuvenation.

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