Major Disconcert Amid Residents On Govt's Decision To Turn 'Jurpukhori' Into Commercial Park
AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) has earlier initiated this process of transformation and creating the age-old Jurpukhori area into a commercial space.
Guwahati: In a major disappointment that the residents of the Jurpukhori area in Guwahati have cited for a long time, the government according to them is on the verge of destroying natural habitats that give refuge to major migratory birds.
According to the residents of the area, AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) has earlier initiated this process of transformation and creating the age-old Jurpukhori area into a commercial space.
Talking to The Sentinel Digital, Nilangan Sharma, an activist and a resident of the area who has been vocal about the matter for years now said, "For the last six or seven years, in the name of beautification, they just start cleaning the ponds and leave it in middle, without even dredging the slush which has almost taken over the larger part of the water bodies. There is this organization AMRUT, which initially proposed a park that would encircle the ponds, and on weekends, a daily bazaar would also be sitting over there and the whole area would be converted into a commercial space."
"Jurpukhori area is in very close proximity with residential areas nearby and a pond or a field does not mean that it can be commercialized in any form. Issues like chain snatching and hooliganism have already started in the area.
Soon after AMRUT handed over the project to GMC, they are busy converting it into a ticketed park for revenue generation. Trees like the Gulmohar which are even 50 years old have been dredged down without any such permission from the forest department." Sharma said.
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