AZARA, June 30 � Paribesh Sangbedansil Birodhi Mancha has strongly opposed the Government move to declare the areas adjoining Deepor beel as an eco-sensitive zone.
The Mancha in a press meet held on June 27 at Deochatal expressed serious concern over the Government�s decision which it felt would go against the interests of the local people of the entire area.
Addressing mediapersons, former Guwahati MP Kirip Chaliha and former Kamrup (M) Zila Parishad member Prasanta Mahanta said that there is no reason to declare the Beel area as an eco-sensitive zone. As the Beel has already lost the characteristic features of a Ramsar site as no ecological atmosphere is available therein, they said that if the area is declared as an eco-sensitive zone, the residents of the nearly areas would be adversely affected. It was also expressed in the press conference that two meetings for public hearing were already held on May 15 and 27 last at Chakardow. No unanimous decision could be taken in the meetings as the residents of as many as 20 nearby areas were against the Government move.
The Mancha leaders also said in the press meet that as the Kamakhya-Jogighopa BG railway line is passing across the Beel, then how could it be declared as an eco-sensitive zone. The residents of the areas would face restrictions while constructing houses and selling and purchasing myadi lands they said. The Mancha, therefore urged the Government not to declare the Deepor Beel as an eco-sensitive zone.