TEZPUR, Nov 23 - A section of socially conscious citizens have expressed their annoyance over the pitiable condition of the historic Garh-Doul here following lackadaisical attitude of the state Archaeological Department.
It may be pertinent to mention here that the Garh-Doul site is an important State Protected Monument located at Tarajan Kumargaon and is around 7 kms away from the heart of the historic Tezpur town, which finds place of pride in mythological lore.
As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that the fortress was constructed by King Bana to keep his daughter Usha, who spent her early years in this place.
However, the ruins are yet to be systematically or scientifically assessed due to the Archaeological Survey�s alleged red-tapism and lackadaisical attitude.
Due to lack of adequate preservation, the 7th and 8th century historic site which has been listed as an ASI monument, and being fortified on all sides and reinforced with a rampart covering an area of about 250�250 metres and contains two brick mounds with the foundation of the brick temple plinth, has presently become a grazing ground for stray cattle.
The most regrettable thing is that due to lack of proper preservation, the place has turned into a den of anti-socials who today indulge in immoral activities with impunity.
It may be prudent to mention here that during 2009-2010, under the direction of the Director of the Archaeological Survey of Assam, Dr HN Dutta, an excavation was conducted by a team for tracing out the heritage of the site. A report on the findings was subsequently submitted to the government.
Based on that report, some special measures like erecting signboard at the entrance, besides dos and dont�s for the tourists were installed at the site for the convenience of the visitors. However, due to lack of proper departmental upkeep, the site has gradually turned into a place for drug addicts. Littered with empty liquor bottles and plastic waste, the socially conscious section of people here have expressed their displeasure over the pitiable condition of the historic site over the years.
Not only Garh-Doul, even several other places of historic interest like Dalimi Pahar, Owguri Hill, Agnigarh, Chitralekha Uddyan (earlier known as Cole Park), Trimurty Uddyan, Bhumuraguri Hillock etc., fail to attract visitors now-a-days following lack of proper maintenance by the administration.
The local people therefore feel that the Garh-Doul desperately needs a facelift. Even though a sizable amount of funds were allotted over the years, but misappropriation of the precious resources has hindered proper upkeep of the monument, they alleged.