|Namrup yet to get township status|
NAMRUP, Oct 6 – The numerous woes of Namrup have been highlighted through different platforms, one of them being its non-recognition as a town by the authorities concerned of the State Government, even after the four decades of industrialisation in the area.
Namrup, a village area till the early sixties, is now one of the major industrial areas of Assam having secured a place on the country’s industrial map. Namrup houses three major gas-based industries, tea gardens, forest resources, stone quaries etc, contributing crores of revenue per annum to both the State and Central exchquer.
The process of industrialisation struck roots in Namrup in 1965 with the setting up of the Namrup Thermal Power Station (NTPS), the pioneer of its kind in the entire NE. After that, two other major gas-based industries, viz BVFCL (then HFCL) under Central government, and Assam Petrochemicals Ltd (APL) under State government, came into being. They began their commercial productions from 1969 and 1995 respectively, bringing about a distinctive change in its identify. Gradually Namrup assumed the form of a mini India. With the people from different parts of the country, arrimilating different religion and culture.
In the light of all this it is strange that even after four decades of industrialisation, Namrup, popularly known as the ‘Sarnagari’, has hitherto been deprived of the real status of a town from the concerned authorities.