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Do we really need a bridge to Majuli?

The people of Majuli in particular and the people of Assam in general must realize the glaring fact that within a span

Majuli

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Aug 2020 1:39 AM GMT

The people of Majuli in particular and the people of Assam in general must realize the glaring fact that within a span of 70 years (1950-2020) the land area of world's largest river island got reduced to just 880 square kilometres from 1250 square kilometres. Obviously, this is a matter of serious concern. If this trend is allowed to continue unabated for another 50 years or so, Majuli would be history for all of us. Therefore, we need to prioritize our demand.

The protection of Majuli from the onslaught of the Brahmaputra, a cultural hub of Assamese society, should be our top most priority rather than to have a bridge to Majuli. The people of Majuli must give a serious thought to this mega issue. This is the time to take two-pronged strategies for Majuli. One is to protect Majuli from erosion. Two, reclaim lost land progressively. In 21st century nothing is impossible. Only, will is required. One thing is for sure that Majuli will lose its grace, attraction and grandeur if a bridge is constructed. To have better and faster communication, modern and sophisticated ships are to be introduced between Majuli and its onshore areas. Now, choice is with the Mujulians.

Prafulla Dowarah,

Guwahati

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