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GUWAHATI, March 25 - To uphold their historical significance during the country�s struggle for independence, the State government has decided to keep the aesthetic colonial-era look of three century-old police stations intact by converting those into heritage structures.

To be christened as heritage police stations, the Directorate of Archeology is going to start the preservation process in the police stations of Gohpur, Dhekiajuli and Sootea any time soon.

The police stations occupy a special place in the history books, especially vis-�-vis the Quit India movement against the British regime.

Sources informed that a team of experts is working on the project to gather evidences about the original British-era looks of the three structures, which is a prerequisite for their remodelling as a heritage structure.

This is for the first time that any police station has been given the tag of heritage structure. These police stations, sources said, might have the provision for public visits.

The Gohpur police station signifies the epoch-making incident of freedom fighter Kanaklata Baruah and Mukunda Kakati sacrificing their lives in their pursuit to unfurl the national flag during the Quit India movement in 1942.

The Dhekiajuli police station was the place where dozen-odd freedom fighters, including 12-year-old Tileswari Baruah, were killed, while the Sootea police station too witnessed a simultaneous protest by the freedom fighters of Assam.

Official sources told The Assam Tribune that the total project cost is estimated at Rs 1.5 crore implying that an amount of Rs 50 lakh would be invested for preservation of each of the three police stations. The e-tendering process has already begun and the work should start by this year, sources added.

�We do not want to change the look of the structure. In fact, we would work based on evidences gathered about their original appearance and improve or at least maintain its resistance capacity. We would insist on the use of same construction materials that were used in the British era to the extent possible,� sources pointed out.

Dr Deepi Rekha Kouli, Director of Archeology said the project has been cleared and the work would start very soon. �We hope to start the process within this year after the e-tendering process is completed,� she said.

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Plan to preserve heritage of 3 century-old police stations

GUWAHATI, March 25 - To uphold their historical significance during the country�s struggle for independence, the State government has decided to keep the aesthetic colonial-era look of three century-old police stations intact by converting those into heritage structures.

To be christened as heritage police stations, the Directorate of Archeology is going to start the preservation process in the police stations of Gohpur, Dhekiajuli and Sootea any time soon.

The police stations occupy a special place in the history books, especially vis-�-vis the Quit India movement against the British regime.

Sources informed that a team of experts is working on the project to gather evidences about the original British-era looks of the three structures, which is a prerequisite for their remodelling as a heritage structure.

This is for the first time that any police station has been given the tag of heritage structure. These police stations, sources said, might have the provision for public visits.

The Gohpur police station signifies the epoch-making incident of freedom fighter Kanaklata Baruah and Mukunda Kakati sacrificing their lives in their pursuit to unfurl the national flag during the Quit India movement in 1942.

The Dhekiajuli police station was the place where dozen-odd freedom fighters, including 12-year-old Tileswari Baruah, were killed, while the Sootea police station too witnessed a simultaneous protest by the freedom fighters of Assam.

Official sources told The Assam Tribune that the total project cost is estimated at Rs 1.5 crore implying that an amount of Rs 50 lakh would be invested for preservation of each of the three police stations. The e-tendering process has already begun and the work should start by this year, sources added.

�We do not want to change the look of the structure. In fact, we would work based on evidences gathered about their original appearance and improve or at least maintain its resistance capacity. We would insist on the use of same construction materials that were used in the British era to the extent possible,� sources pointed out.

Dr Deepi Rekha Kouli, Director of Archeology said the project has been cleared and the work would start very soon. �We hope to start the process within this year after the e-tendering process is completed,� she said.

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