Most of us know Jakhalabandha to be this small town in Nagaon district. The town is most popularly known as a refreshment halt for buses plying between Guwahati and Upper Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. However all this is about to change with the town getting a makeover.
Jakhalabandha aiming to be ‘Gateway to Kaziranga’
The Kaliabor sub-division recently started a ‘Green Jakhalabandha Clean Jakhalabandha’ campaign to project the town as the ‘Gateway to Kaziranga’. The administration also held a public meeting wherein a large number of traders and businessmen of the area attended. And heeding to the administration’s calls, over 500 shops and business establishments of the area today painted their structures green.
The campaign is being run in sync with Swachh Bharat Mission and Solid Waste Resource Management. State Water Resource and Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta inaugurated the campaign. Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Samsher Singh was present on the occasion.
‘We started the campaign only ten days back and the response has been overwhelming. The campaign aims at projecting Jakhalabandha as the Gateway to Kaziranga with thrust on greenery, cleanliness and hygiene, scientific waste management, development of home-stay facilities, and organic farming’, Kaliabor SDO Pankaj Chakravarty told the media.
Not only the administration also interacted with a section of rag-pickers, a tricycle van was also distributed to ensure transportation for garbage.
Kaliabor’s potential as a tourist hub
Being a stone’s throw away from the world famous Kaziranga National Park, Kaliabor has all the potential to emerge as a major tourist destination. All that is needed is to engage the local communities purposefully. Steps are being undertaken to ensure the district becomes a pollution free and plastic free zone. The administration has also stressed in large scale plantation across the sub-division to keep the green cover intact. The administration also hopes to involve the communities in organic farming.