In a surprising turn of events, Assam’s Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah has reversed his previous stance and admitted that the historic Dighalipukhuri Lake in Guwahati has indeed been leased to a private firm. This acknowledgment comes after weeks of controversy and public outcry over the alleged leasing of the prominent tourist attraction. The sudden U-turn by the minister has sparked renewed debates and concerns about the preservation and management of Assam’s cultural and natural heritage.
Dighalipukhuri Lake, located in the heart of Guwahati, holds significant historical and cultural value for the people of Assam. It is an iconic landmark that has been a source of pride and identity for the locals. However, recent reports emerged suggesting that the lake had been leased to a private firm, triggering widespread protests and demands for transparency.
Minister’s Initial Denial:
Initially, Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah vehemently denied the allegations, dismissing them as baseless rumors. He assured the public that the government had no plans to lease or privatize the lake and emphasized the commitment to preserving the cultural and environmental heritage of the state.
In a surprising turn of events, Minister Baruah made an unexpected announcement during a press conference on Monday, finally admitting that Dighalipukhuri Lake had indeed been leased to a private firm. The sudden reversal of his previous denial has left many perplexed and raised questions about the motives behind the leasing decision.
Public Outcry and Concerns:
The revelation has sparked renewed public outrage and protests, with citizens expressing their disappointment and anger over the government’s handling of the situation. Many argue that leasing such a historically and culturally significant site to a private entity could lead to the exploitation of its resources and neglect of its heritage value.
Preservation and Management Concerns:
The leasing of Dighalipukhuri Lake raises concerns about the preservation and management of Assam’s cultural and natural assets. Critics argue that the government should prioritize sustainable and responsible practices that safeguard the state’s heritage for future generations.
Calls for Transparency and Reevaluation:
In light of the recent developments, there have been increasing demands for transparency regarding the leasing process and the terms agreed upon with the private firm. Civil society groups, activists, and concerned citizens are calling for a reevaluation of the decision and greater public participation in the management of important heritage sites.
The acknowledgment by Assam’s Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah that Dighalipukhuri Lake has been leased to a private firm marks a significant shift in the ongoing controversy surrounding the iconic Guwahati landmark. As the public continues to voice its concerns and demand transparency, the government faces the challenge of finding a balance between economic development and the preservation of Assam’s rich cultural and natural heritage.