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Land patta still a far cry for many residents

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 15 � A long-standing demand for land patta is the main grievance of a sizeable number of people living in Pathar Quarry, Satgaon and Magazine areas of Dispur constituency, which would play a major role for the voters of the area in coming Assembly elections.

It has been a very long battle for more than 1,000 families of indigenous people living around the Silsako beel for more than 20-25 years. People of the area are fighting for getting land putta much before the Guwahati Waterbodies (Preservation and Conservation Act, 2008 came into being.

�A land advisory committee headed by the then Deputy Commissioner passed our proposal of land patta in the year 2005, but the whole process came to a halt after that. As we were preparing to take up the issue further, the Waterbodies Conservation Act came into being, which stopped our patta allotment process,� Someswar Borgohain, president of Silsako Beel Aru Griha Sanrakshan Samity told The Assam Tribune. The Griha Sanrakshan Samity is a forum of several local committees of the area.

The resident of the area have approached the Chief Minister, Governor, Chief Secretary and the local MLA also, but no positive action has been taken till date.

�The indigenous people living in the area have a long standing demand that the indigenous families living for 15-25 years near the water body should be allotted patta , without disturbing the main wetland,� added Borgohain.

Many local people of the area also complained that though the area has been preserved under the Water Bodies Act, unabated encroachment is going on. �Though the locals are not getting land patta due to the provisions of the Act, some outsiders are constructing big building in the same area,� a resident complained on conditions of anonymity.

Another major problem of the area is dilapidated condition of the roads. Muddy roads are a very common site after every rainfall in the area. �Land filling is being done by the residents for Srimanta Sankar Nagar Road, but it is not a permanent solution as we need blacktopped roads in this area,� a resident of the area said.

�As Pathar Quarry, Magazine, Dolgaon, and the areas near VIP Road are still not covered by any water supply scheme, people have to buy water for their day-to-day use in the dry season,� Abani Borthakur of Satgaon mentioned. Some local people of the area also complained that the footpaths of VIP Road have been encroached by some petty traders and also some unscrupulous people. �Due to the lack of street lights on the road, the footpaths are not safe for the pedestrians,� a citizen added.

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Land patta still a far cry for many residents

GUWAHATI, March 15 � A long-standing demand for land patta is the main grievance of a sizeable number of people living in Pathar Quarry, Satgaon and Magazine areas of Dispur constituency, which would play a major role for the voters of the area in coming Assembly elections.

It has been a very long battle for more than 1,000 families of indigenous people living around the Silsako beel for more than 20-25 years. People of the area are fighting for getting land putta much before the Guwahati Waterbodies (Preservation and Conservation Act, 2008 came into being.

�A land advisory committee headed by the then Deputy Commissioner passed our proposal of land patta in the year 2005, but the whole process came to a halt after that. As we were preparing to take up the issue further, the Waterbodies Conservation Act came into being, which stopped our patta allotment process,� Someswar Borgohain, president of Silsako Beel Aru Griha Sanrakshan Samity told The Assam Tribune. The Griha Sanrakshan Samity is a forum of several local committees of the area.

The resident of the area have approached the Chief Minister, Governor, Chief Secretary and the local MLA also, but no positive action has been taken till date.

�The indigenous people living in the area have a long standing demand that the indigenous families living for 15-25 years near the water body should be allotted patta , without disturbing the main wetland,� added Borgohain.

Many local people of the area also complained that though the area has been preserved under the Water Bodies Act, unabated encroachment is going on. �Though the locals are not getting land patta due to the provisions of the Act, some outsiders are constructing big building in the same area,� a resident complained on conditions of anonymity.

Another major problem of the area is dilapidated condition of the roads. Muddy roads are a very common site after every rainfall in the area. �Land filling is being done by the residents for Srimanta Sankar Nagar Road, but it is not a permanent solution as we need blacktopped roads in this area,� a resident of the area said.

�As Pathar Quarry, Magazine, Dolgaon, and the areas near VIP Road are still not covered by any water supply scheme, people have to buy water for their day-to-day use in the dry season,� Abani Borthakur of Satgaon mentioned. Some local people of the area also complained that the footpaths of VIP Road have been encroached by some petty traders and also some unscrupulous people. �Due to the lack of street lights on the road, the footpaths are not safe for the pedestrians,� a citizen added.