GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - Over 500 shops and business establishments of Jakhalabandha area today painted their structures green heeding the call of the Koliabor subdivision administration that has started a �Green Jakhalabandha Clean Jakhalabandha� campaign to project Jakhalabandha as the �Gateway to Kaziranga�.
The administration also held a public meeting today which was attended in large numbers by traders and businessmen.
�We started the campaign only ten days back and the response has been overwhelming. The campaign aims at projecting Jakhalabandha as the Gateway to Kaziranga with thrust on greenery, cleanliness and hygiene, scientific waste management, development of home-stay facilities, an organic farming,� Koliabor SDO (Civil) Pankaj Chakravarty said.
The campaign is being run in sync with the Swachh Bharat Mission and Solid Waste Resource Management.
State Water Resource and Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta inaugurated the campaign. Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Samsher Singh was present on the occasion.
The administration also interacted with rag-pickers and distributed a tricycle van for transportation of garbage. �Our thrust is on segregating and collecting waste at source and
ensure scientific disposal, and managing waste without dustbin. We want it to be a pollution-free and plastic-free zone,� he said.
Chakravarty added that the administration would facilitate large-scale plantation across the subdivision and involve the local populace in organic farming.
�Being so near to Kaziranga, Koliabor can well emerge as a tourist destination. It has all the potential and the only need is to engage the local communities purposefully. Our thrust has also been on encouraging home-stay so that the people can directly host the tourists coming to Kaziranga National Park,� he said.