JORHAT, Oct 12 - The damaged portion of south-western bank of the historic Rudrasagar tank (known as Napukhuri) was today temporarily repaired by the Sivasagar district administration with the help of oil major ONGC.
A 20-foot portion of the bank was washed away by the waters of the tank on Tuesday as some fishermen had reportedly dug trenches in the area for fishing activity.
�Today, the damaged portion was temporarily repaired. A magisterial inquiry has also been ordered to find out the actual causes of damage,� said Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar.
He also said that the State archaeology department has also been informed to take effective measures to protect the historic site.
According to local people, the banks of the Rudrasagar tank was never properly looked after by the authorities concerned. The ONGC too uses the banks of the tank storing heavy machinery, including metal pipes and drilling equipment, in the area. Moreover, the activities of some fishermen have also led to the degradation of the southern bank of the historic tank.
Local organisations have demanded immediate protective measures to safeguard the historic Rudrasagar tank, also known as Rudreswar temple which is located on its bank.