The Odisha government on Monday decided against razing the house of Rasaraaj Lakshminath Bezbaruah in western Odisha town of Sambalpur. The Deputy Commissioner of Sambalpur informed the decision of the Odisha government to the visiting Assam Minister of Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley and Chief Minister’s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami.
‘We are evaluating alternative options to carry out the expansion work of the second bridge over Mahanadi River at Kacheri Square. However, the encroachments in and around Bezbaruah’s House will be freed as per schedule, but his office may be demolished,’ Sambalpur DC said.
Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also talked to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik over phone and sought his intervention for taking a proactive step for the preservation of the residence which is intrinsically associated with the emotions of the people of Assam.
Bezbaruah had lived in Sambalpur from 1917 to 1937. In 1924, he constructed the house on a huge patch of land. Apart from numerous stories and essays, Bezbaruah penned his autobiography ‘Mor Jiwan Sowaran’ in this house.