GUWAHATI: The only Ramsar site of Assam, Deepor Beel has been serving as a source of living for about 800 families since 1976.
According to an Act of 1972, the Forest Department had announced Deepor Beel as a reserved forest in 1989. "Without securing the living of 800 odd families, announcing it as a reserved forest is a violation of Section 44 of Indian Constitution," said members of Paachpara Samabai Samiti."
"We do not want to violate any regulations. We only provide the embankment in order to save the fishes from flowing over towards the Brahmaputra as this will bring a horrible situation in our lives," the further said. Members of the Samiti also drew the attention of the government towards the water pollution, dumping ground and illegal capturing of land that has been going on in the beel. Pointing towards the government order of 1994 ( KRC 831/32), the Samiti urged the government to refrain from announcing Deepor Beel as a Bird Sanctuary without securing the living of the 800 families who are dependent on this beel.