DIBRUGARH, Oct 27 - The Dibrugarh district administration has earned a spot in the Limca Book of Records by planting 22,084 plants on either side of the 56.53 km Moran-Naharkatia Road by involving around 1,100 people in just 22 minutes. However, many of the saplings have since perished.
The administration had attempted to earn a place in the Limca Book of Records on July 7, 2015. The plantations were carried out under the MGNREGA scheme with an estimated cost of Rs 61 lakh.
The certificate issued to the Dibrugarh district administration by Vijaya Ghosh, Editor of the Limca Book of Records, was shown to media persons by Rakibul Hussain, Minister of Panchayat & Rural Development and Agriculture, at the Circuit House here today. The citation was read out by an official.
Observers of the Limca Book of Records � environmentalist Joynal Abedin of Tinsukia, fishery biologist Dr Ranjita Bania of Sivasagar, Dr Nabajit Das, faculty member of BH College of Howly, Barpeta, and wildlife researcher Dr Jihosuo Biswas of Guwahati � had witnessed the plantation at separate areas along the road stretch.
The plantation was initiated by Forest and Environment Minister Atuwa Munda at Moran. Former Union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, Parliamentary Secretary Jibontara Ghatowar, MLAs Prithibi Majhi and Sarat Saikia were also present at the Moran intersection junction during the plantation. Saplings planted included species like Radhachura, Krishnachura, Nahor, Bokul, Kola Jamun, etc. The 56.53 km road falls within the Khowang Development Block, Tingkhong Development Block and Joypur Development Block.
Minister Hussain said that the administration would ensure that the trees are nurtured under the MGNREGA scheme for at least two years. Care is a must in the initial years, he said, without mentioning that most of the saplings have perished.