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Majuli deserves World Heritage status: Bansal

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JORHAT, Jan 17 � Visiting the erosion-hit areas at Salmora, Majuli this afternoon, P K Bansal, Union Cabinet Minister of Water Resources and V H Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, stated at a meeting held in the Majuli College playground near Daria Bridge that Majuli has enough potential to get recognition as a World Heritage Site from UNESCO. Bansal also said that the required nomination dossier for the recognition has already been submitted to the authority concerned.

Bansal further said that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was very much enchanted by the charms of the river island and he especially directed them to get first-hand knowledge of it by coming to Majuli.

Both the Union ministers said the Central Government is responsible for preserving the art and culture of Majuli along with its landscape. They also took part in the Bhogali Mahotsav organised by the administration of Majuli subdivision.

Meanwhile, the All Assam Students� Union, Majuli unit today submitted a memorandum to Bansal highlighting five demands.

Brahmaputra Board working in the river island since 2004 has failed to protect Majuli for which more than 20,000 people have to remain on the streets after losing their land and property in the erosion. Lower Majuli and Southern Majuli were excluded from the master plan of Brahmaputra Board for which no action has been taken to stop erosion in those areas by both the Brahmaputra Board and the Water Resources Department, the AASU unit said in its memorandum and demanded safeguards to Majuli from flood and erosion.

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Majuli deserves World Heritage status: Bansal

JORHAT, Jan 17 � Visiting the erosion-hit areas at Salmora, Majuli this afternoon, P K Bansal, Union Cabinet Minister of Water Resources and V H Pala, Minister of State for Water Resources, stated at a meeting held in the Majuli College playground near Daria Bridge that Majuli has enough potential to get recognition as a World Heritage Site from UNESCO. Bansal also said that the required nomination dossier for the recognition has already been submitted to the authority concerned.

Bansal further said that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was very much enchanted by the charms of the river island and he especially directed them to get first-hand knowledge of it by coming to Majuli.

Both the Union ministers said the Central Government is responsible for preserving the art and culture of Majuli along with its landscape. They also took part in the Bhogali Mahotsav organised by the administration of Majuli subdivision.

Meanwhile, the All Assam Students� Union, Majuli unit today submitted a memorandum to Bansal highlighting five demands.

Brahmaputra Board working in the river island since 2004 has failed to protect Majuli for which more than 20,000 people have to remain on the streets after losing their land and property in the erosion. Lower Majuli and Southern Majuli were excluded from the master plan of Brahmaputra Board for which no action has been taken to stop erosion in those areas by both the Brahmaputra Board and the Water Resources Department, the AASU unit said in its memorandum and demanded safeguards to Majuli from flood and erosion.

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