Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Bezbaroa Odisha house preservation hits roadblock

By SIVASISH THAKUR
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo

GUWAHATI, June 19 - The restoration and preservation of the two heritage buildings of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa at Sambalpur in Odisha has run into a roadblock � thanks to the apathy and inertia of the Assam government to this priceless heritage.

Following a discussion with the Odisha government last year, the Assam government had sanctioned an amount of Rs 50 lakh for renovation and preservation of the structures but the amount is yet to be released. This contrasts sharply with the Odisha government�s magnanimous gesture in acquiring the plot of land by paying several crores of rupees to the land owner after the government had lost a court case over ownership.

Sources in Odisha said a vested interest lobby that does not want the heritage strictures to be retained was putting pressure on the local authorities for giving an adverse report on the structures, terming those as dangerous for public safety and hence requiring urgent dismantling.

�The Assam government needs to realize the gravity of the situation and act fast. A vested interest lobby is working overtime to get the heritage houses demolished. An adverse report against the structures has already been submitted to the government. We have been persuading the authorities against this unwarranted move,� Deepak Panda, convenor of the Lakshminath Bezbaroa Smruti Sansad, Sambalpur told The Assam Tribune.

Panda added that during his interaction with the Odisha Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, the latter expressed dissatisfaction over the Assam government�s lack of response.

With the Assam government not releasing the amount, work on the restoration of the structures has not started. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was assigned to prepare the renovation plan.

Earlier last year, the Sambalpur district administration had planned to demolish the two old buildings that came in the way of constructing an approach road to the second bridge over the Mahanadi.

The move triggered widespread resentment in Assam, with organizations and intellectuals urging the State government to take up the matter with the Odisha government and ensure that the buildings were not demolished.

During his stay in Sambalpur between 1917 and 1937, Bezbaroa owned two houses (one residence and the other his office) on a sprawling two-and-a-half-acre estate by the Mahanadi. It was here the greatest Assamese literary figure produced most of his monumental creative accomplishments.

Cultural activist Deben Tamuli, who has been associated with the movement for preservation of the Bezbaroa heritage, rued the Assam government�s apathy.

�It�s disturbing that the government should be so insensitive to this noble cause of honouring Bezbaroa�s legacy. The two houses remain the only remaining evidence of the maestro�s material existence. It�s a priceless inheritance for the people of Assam and must be preserved,� he said.

More in Entertainment
Next Story
Similar Posts
Bezbaroa Odisha house preservation hits roadblock

GUWAHATI, June 19 - The restoration and preservation of the two heritage buildings of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa at Sambalpur in Odisha has run into a roadblock � thanks to the apathy and inertia of the Assam government to this priceless heritage.

Following a discussion with the Odisha government last year, the Assam government had sanctioned an amount of Rs 50 lakh for renovation and preservation of the structures but the amount is yet to be released. This contrasts sharply with the Odisha government�s magnanimous gesture in acquiring the plot of land by paying several crores of rupees to the land owner after the government had lost a court case over ownership.

Sources in Odisha said a vested interest lobby that does not want the heritage strictures to be retained was putting pressure on the local authorities for giving an adverse report on the structures, terming those as dangerous for public safety and hence requiring urgent dismantling.

�The Assam government needs to realize the gravity of the situation and act fast. A vested interest lobby is working overtime to get the heritage houses demolished. An adverse report against the structures has already been submitted to the government. We have been persuading the authorities against this unwarranted move,� Deepak Panda, convenor of the Lakshminath Bezbaroa Smruti Sansad, Sambalpur told The Assam Tribune.

Panda added that during his interaction with the Odisha Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, the latter expressed dissatisfaction over the Assam government�s lack of response.

With the Assam government not releasing the amount, work on the restoration of the structures has not started. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was assigned to prepare the renovation plan.

Earlier last year, the Sambalpur district administration had planned to demolish the two old buildings that came in the way of constructing an approach road to the second bridge over the Mahanadi.

The move triggered widespread resentment in Assam, with organizations and intellectuals urging the State government to take up the matter with the Odisha government and ensure that the buildings were not demolished.

During his stay in Sambalpur between 1917 and 1937, Bezbaroa owned two houses (one residence and the other his office) on a sprawling two-and-a-half-acre estate by the Mahanadi. It was here the greatest Assamese literary figure produced most of his monumental creative accomplishments.

Cultural activist Deben Tamuli, who has been associated with the movement for preservation of the Bezbaroa heritage, rued the Assam government�s apathy.

�It�s disturbing that the government should be so insensitive to this noble cause of honouring Bezbaroa�s legacy. The two houses remain the only remaining evidence of the maestro�s material existence. It�s a priceless inheritance for the people of Assam and must be preserved,� he said.

More in Entertainment
Similar Posts