GUWAHATI/BOKAKHAT, July 8 - The Golaghat district administration has issued an eviction notice to Kaziranga National Orchid Park to clear a 6-bigha plot of land it had occupied illegally.
The administration has asked the park owned by Akhil Gogoi to clear the encroachment in the 6 bigha, 1 katha and 12 lecha plot within seven days, or face action. The notice was issued on July 5.
Bokakhat circle officer Khanindra Das told The Assam Tribune over telephone that the Subdivisional Land Advisory Committee had recommended allotment of 22.4 bighas of land to the Kaziranga National Orchid Park located at Durgapur in 2015.
�Recently a case was filed by one Dulal Bora at Bokakhat police station, after which the administration conducted a resurvey in April. We found the park had occupied a little over 6 bighas of land illegally. There is a Gorkha Museum and a big pond in the encroached plot. We had given a report to the deputy commissioner who has ordered eviction of the plot,� Das said.
The Gorkha Museum has around 2,600 exhibits, including items like big potteries, utensils, swords, etc., exclusively belonging to the community. The encroached plot also has a bamboo garden having 54 different varieties of species. The pond in the encroached land has boating facilities for visitors.
Speaking to media persons at the Gorkha Museum, Akhil Gogoi said it was a planned design of the State government to remove the orchid park. �There are many such government land illegally occupied by vested interests, but the government was not taking action against those people. We will definitely protest and not remain silent,� he said.
He said that their orchid park had already applied for regularisation of the particular plot to get regular patta.