Despite the Centre’s assurance to take every initiative for protecting the cultural epicentre of Assam, i.e. Majuli, thousands of erosion-hit people residing on the river island still await proper rehabilitation.
While interacting with the media, Manoj Borah, a resident and social activist said, ‘In 2010, a PIL was filed in the Gauhati High Court against the ineffectiveness of the ongoing erosion initiatives, but, unfortunately, till date, we have not received any reply in this regard’.
He also said that during the last visit of Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, she had promised to take up initiatives for making Majuli a cultural and religious tourist destination. Further, she had also assured to take holistic measures to check erosion.
‘Thus, we want urgent measures for people who are still living on embankments, they should be rehabilitated soon,’ he further asserted. He added, ‘Earlier, we expected that the BJP government at the Centre will take proactive steps in the overall development of Majuli Island, but BJP is more concerned with the rejuvenation of the Ganga’.
Borah added that soil erosion over the years had washed away a substantial landmass of Majuli. Continuous erosion by the Brahmaputra has left barely 400 sq km area of Majuli from an earlier area of 1,200 sq km.