GUWAHATI, June 13 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today slammed the Tarun Gogoi government for allotting land to corporate houses, VIPs and other institutions on the Silsaku Beel and other wetlands while at the same time evicting the indigenous people settled there for decades.
KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi pointed out that Ginger Hotel, Royal Heritage, Royal Hut, a Sai temple, etc., were constructed right in the middle of the Silsaku Beel, and the process of allotting land to VIPs and individuals close to VIPs and other institutions on the Silsaku Beel was continuing.
�It is very ironical that the same government, intent on evicting the indigenous people on the ground that nature has to be conserved, is allotting land to corporate houses, ministers and institutions on Silsaku Beel,� said Akhil describing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as �hopeless� who didn�t bother about the suffering of the indigenous people.
It may be mentioned here that the government has entrusted the GMDA with the responsibility of restoration and development of Silsaku Beel, Deepor Beel and Sarusala Beel. But land has been allotted to Mumbai-based Hamza Property Pvt Ltd (30 bigha 13 lecha), Purbanchal Griha Nirman Samity (30 bigha), Maria Public School (3 bigha), security personnel of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi (4 bigha 1 katha), and a host of organisations on Silsaku Beel.
This development has posed a threat to the Bahini river which experts have said would solve the problem of artificial flooding in the capital city if freed of encroachment and widened.