|Minister visits archaeological sites |
BAIHATA CHARIALI, May 16 - State Minister of Water Resources, Science and Technology Keshab Mahanta along with Satyabrat Kalita, MLA of Kamalpur LAC, visited the archaeological sites of Madan Kamdev and Pingaleswar here on Sunday and took stock of the historical heritage sites.
The minister initially visited the historic Madan Kamdev Devalaya and the archaeological museum there and finally visited the botanical garden and the bio-resource centre.
Thereafter, the minister visited the Pingaleswar Devalaya and its archaeological site museum which was established in 2011 by the state government and took part in a public meeting held on the occasion at the campus of the Devalaya.
Addressing the gathering, Mahanta said that though the Central government has given an assurance on allotment of a special package for the conservation and development of heritage sites of the state to the government of Assam but the fund for the same has not been released so far. So, the state government has not prepared any final project for the development of historical or world heritage sites of the state. However, the state government will allot funds to the tune of Rs 1 crore for the development of Madan Kamdev and an active step for the expansion and renovation of Pingaleswar archaeological site museum will be initiated this year.
Satyabrat Kalita, in his speech, said that he would release a fund for the construction of a well-equipped toilet from his MLA LAD fund. Moreover, the MLA also informed that he had discussed with the Tourism department about the infrastructural development of the historical place.
During the Mahanta’s visit, a number of officials including the Director of the Archaeology department Dr Dipi Rekha Kouli were present.