GUWAHATI: Assam's Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah visited the Madhupur Xatra in Cooch Behar, West Bengal and took stock of the problems being faced by the historic place, stated a press release.
Baruah partook of 'proxaad' at the house of Xatradihar Lakshmikanta Mahanta during his visit. The Xatradhikar briefed the Chief Secretary about the requirements of Madhupar Xatra and submitted a written plea in this connection.
Among other things, the Xatradhikar requested that the properties of the Xatra be preserved; a high-voltage electrical line that passes over the Xatra be removed; security personnel be deployed in the Xatra; a boundary wall be constructed; and a guest house be constructed at the Xatra.
The Xatradhikar further apprised Baruah that the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a financial crisis for Madhupur Xatra.
The Chief Secretary assured the Xatradhikar that the matter would be taken up with the appropriate authorities of West Bengal for expeditious redress of the Xatra's problems.
It may be noted that many followers of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva and Mahapurush Madhab Dev make annual pilgrimages to Madhupur Xatra from Assam.