Eviction in Deepor Beel soon: Tourism Dept to set up 100 houseboats

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State’s tourism department has planned to construct a watch tower and to explore creating tourism infrastructure like Kashmir’s Dal Lake
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Eviction in Deepor Beel soon: Tourism Dept to set up 100 houseboats
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Eviction in Deepor Beel soon: Tourism Dept to set up 100 houseboats

Guwahati: Assam government has planned to evict all the illegal encroachers from the only Ramsar site of Assam, Deepor Beel, located in the city to promote it as a tourism destination.

On Monday, during the winter session of the state Assembly, Assam tourism department has asked the state revenue department to prepare a report on the illegal encroachment in the Deepr Beel and to submit its report within 10 days.

State’s Tourism Dept has planned to construct a watch tower and to explore possibilities of creating tourism infrastructure like Kashmir’s Dal Lake.

Assam tourism minister Bimal Borah informed the House, “Our government has a strict approach towards illegal encroachment. We have evicted illegal settlers from Garukhuti, Lumding forest and other sites. I would ask the revenue department to submit a report on illegal encroachment in and around Deepor Beel within 10 days.”

He added, “As Deepor Beel has been declared as a bird sanctuary, there are technical problems for developing certain infrastructures at the site. On December 18, the forest department has agreed to a lot us some land and we will create necessary infrastructure for tourism development in the respective location. We will build a watch tower and also set up 100 house boats.” Opposition Congress also demanded to accelerate the eviction process of the illegal encroachment from the lake and to relocate the dumping ground located near the Beel.

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