NAGAON, June 15 - The main source of water of the Kolong river was blocked in 1964 and, as a result, Kolong lost its glory. But now at the initiative of some people like retired principal Mukul Saikia, retired engineer Lalit Ch Dutta, Ranjit Kumar Tamuli Phukan, Gupeswar Bora and other like-minded people, the effort to rejuvenate river Kolong has gained momentum. In fact, State Water Resources minister Keshab Mahanta has also joined the initiative.
The State government has formed an expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr Chandan Mahanta, which visited different parts of Nagaon district to interact with people.
In this connection, on June 14, a meeting was held at Khagen Mahanta Auditorium here, which was chaired by one of the members of the expert committee, AK Mitra. A number of conscious people like Rupak Sarma, MLA, Nagaon, Mukul Saikia, Ranjit Kumar Tamuly Phukan, Sahajananda Ojha, Paran Kumar Mahanta, Gupeswar Bora participated in the meeting and expressed their opinion to rejuvenate river Kolong.
The participants observed that pollution of river water has been caused by throwing of garbage or connecting the sewage pipes directly to Kolong river, encroachments not only on the banks but on the shallow river bed also.
Nagaon DC Samsher Sing assured to take action on these problems.
On June 13, the team visited Kaliabor, where the team exchanged views with the local people. In the meeting held at Kaliabor, former minister Gunin Hazarika was at the chair, where prominent persons like Kusum Bora, Salil Mitra, Hiru Mahanta, Hari Prasad Hazarika, Pradip Laskar, Arabinda Borguhainee, Pradip Borooah and others took part. The team also met the public at Puranigudam and Raha during their two-day field visit.