GUWAHATI, July 13 - The Cultural Affairs Department has asked the district administration of Tinsukia to take steps for initiating the process for protection of the historical sites and monuments, including the tanks and ramparts, of the district, which were created during the time of the Matak rulers, said Director of Archaeology, Dr Deepi Rekha Kauli.
Dr Kauli, who was speaking to this correspondent, said that the Cultural Affairs Department has also called for steps to restore the historical roads, constructed during the reign of the Matak kings, with their original names and to develop them as public roads.
Besides, the Archaeology Directorate has made communications with the Tinsukia district authorities for handing over to it the possession of the historical sites and monuments built by the Matak kings in the district, for preservation and protection, she said.
Moreover, as per the discussion at the June 4, 2015 meeting, held under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister of Assam, with members of the All Assam Matak Sanmilan, Commissioner and Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department, Preetam Saikia, and she herself visited Tinsukia district on June 15 last to assess the status of the archaeological sites and monuments there.
They met the Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner and discussed matters concerning the �protection declaration� of the archaeological sites of the district. The DC informed them of the steps taken by the district authorities and the reports received from the circle offices on the revenue data.
The Tinsukia district authorities will process for �protection declaration� of the Matak era historical tanks and ramparts of Tinsukia district, the DC assured.
The Commissioner and Secretary and the Director of Archaeology, along with the DC and representatives of the All Assam Matak Sanmilan, had visited 14 historical tanks and ramparts, which included � Barpukhuri, Lamten Pukhuri, Bator Pukhuri, Kunti Pukhuri, Kebahi Pukhuri, Sauldhowa Pukhuri, Devi Pukhuri, Bengmara Pukhuri, Selukia Pukhuri, Na-Pukhuri, Tinkonia Pukhuri, Bargodha Pukhuri and Sarugodha Pukhuri and Godha Barbarua Garh to assess the physical condition of these archaeological sites and monuments.
It has been found that some of the historical tanks are already disturbed and encroached upon. Further, there are some historical roads constructed by the Matak kings, which include the Raja Ali, Godha Barbarua Ali, among others. These roads need to be restored, Kauli said.
Officials of the Archaeology Directorate had been visiting those sites and monuments time and again. For example, a team of officials from the Directorate had visited the reported archaeological sites of Tinsukia district on September 16, 2014.
The team headed by Technical Officer Nabajit Deori and comprising Conservation Officer Kankan Saikia, and other staff, had a fruitful discussion with the Tinsukia district authorities on September 19, 2014, which constituted a team for inspection of the reported sites of the district.
During the inspection of the sites, the staffs (Mandals) of Tinsukia and Panitola revenue circles had provided the team with the necessary land documents and area maps of the sites. Those documents helped the team to identify and authenticate the area of the sites and the monuments.
The representatives of the Matak organisations had also accompanied the team to the sites and monuments. The sites and monuments inspected by the team included � the Bator Pukhuri, the Bor Pukhuri, the Lamtem Pukhuri, the Kunti Pukhuri, the Kebahi Pukhuri, the Selukia Pukhuri, the Bengmora Pukhuri, the Na-Pukhuri, the Tinkunia Pukhuri, the Borgodha Pukhuri, the Sarugodha Pukhuri, the Kodomoni Pukhuri, the Rupohi Pukhuri, the Sesuwani Pukhuri, the Ghoramari Pukhuri, the Kolakhowa Pukhuri, the Chauldhowa Pukhuri and the Godha Borbaruah Garh.
Further the Directorate has prepared the inspection report and sent it to the Tinsukia district authorities, along with the dully filled-up protection format of 15 tanks and one earthen rampart, said Dr Kauli.
It needs mention here that the organisations of the Matak community have been demanding preservation and protection of the archaeological sites and monuments developed during the reign of the Matak kings for quite a long time. Recently, the All Assam Matak Sanmilan had issued a threat to take to agitational path, if steps are not initiated within a month for preservation and protection of these sites and monuments.