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Body formed to oppose demolition

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 15 � The Assam Library Association, in consultation with leading citizens, academicians and conscious people of the city, yesterday formed a committee to unite the people against the move to demolish the historic Nabin Bordoloi Hall and Library.

The committee will initially hold a public meeting on the issue, if its memorandums to the authorities fail to evoke any positive response.

It needs mention here that the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has proposed to �rebuild� the historic building as a double-storey structure by demolishing its present 105-year-old Assam-type structure, which reflects the colonial era architecture specially meant for the NE region, known for its extraordinary seismic vulnerability.

Participants at consultation held under the presidentship of Dr Alaka Buragohain, the president of the Association, expressed serious concern over the GMDA move to demolish the building and demanded immediate revocation of the decision. Or else, the participants said, they would engage themselves in building a mass agitation to frustrate the GMDA move.

They urged the GMDA and the other authorities concerned to adopt measures for conservation of the historic building and make it an attractive structure.

The committee formed by the participants includes Dr Alaka Buragohain, Dr Bhupen Kumar Deka, Kanak Sarma and Dr Narendra Lahkar as the chief convenors. They also decided to prepare a memorandum covering all the aspects concerning the historic building and heritage preservation and submit it to the Chief Minister, GMDA chairman, the State Minister of Cultural Affairs and Commissioner of the Guwahati Municipal Commission, Dr Buragohain said.

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Body formed to oppose demolition

GUWAHATI, June 15 � The Assam Library Association, in consultation with leading citizens, academicians and conscious people of the city, yesterday formed a committee to unite the people against the move to demolish the historic Nabin Bordoloi Hall and Library.

The committee will initially hold a public meeting on the issue, if its memorandums to the authorities fail to evoke any positive response.

It needs mention here that the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has proposed to �rebuild� the historic building as a double-storey structure by demolishing its present 105-year-old Assam-type structure, which reflects the colonial era architecture specially meant for the NE region, known for its extraordinary seismic vulnerability.

Participants at consultation held under the presidentship of Dr Alaka Buragohain, the president of the Association, expressed serious concern over the GMDA move to demolish the building and demanded immediate revocation of the decision. Or else, the participants said, they would engage themselves in building a mass agitation to frustrate the GMDA move.

They urged the GMDA and the other authorities concerned to adopt measures for conservation of the historic building and make it an attractive structure.

The committee formed by the participants includes Dr Alaka Buragohain, Dr Bhupen Kumar Deka, Kanak Sarma and Dr Narendra Lahkar as the chief convenors. They also decided to prepare a memorandum covering all the aspects concerning the historic building and heritage preservation and submit it to the Chief Minister, GMDA chairman, the State Minister of Cultural Affairs and Commissioner of the Guwahati Municipal Commission, Dr Buragohain said.

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