From our STAFF Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Dec 15: Chairman and Maging Director, Oil India Limited, Utpal Bora, iugurated a 40-KW solar power plant in Sasoni Merbeel Eco-Tourism Project, which has been provided by OIL under the Company’s CSR initiatives. OIL had sanctioned a fincial package of Rs 1 crore, which included, besides the solar power plant, other components like 13 pedal boats, a four wheeler, two eco-friendly green vehicles, construction of jetty and a bio digester plant for sewage disposal.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Bora complimented the Sasoni Merbeel Eco Tourism Development Committee for their efforts in conservation of the Merbeel and successfully converting it to a popular eco tourism destition. He assured that Oil India Limited was always committed to such meaningful environment preservation and community development initiatives and expressed his confidence that once all the remaining infrastructure related components of the project which have been funded by the Government of Assam were completed, Sasoni Merbeel would be able to become a leading eco-tourism destition in the country.
The iuguration ceremony was also graced by General Mager (Public Affairs), OIL, Pranjit Deka, General Mager (CSR), OIL, Dilip Kumar Das, president, Sasoni Merbeel Eco Tourism Development Committee, Moni Manik Gogoi, veteran social worker, Rameshwar Bora, Xatradhikar of Bareghar Xatra, Gajen Mahanta, spokesperson of State BJP, Subhas Dutta, MD, MMS Advisory Pvt Ltd, Shyam Kanu Mahanta, including senior officers from OIL and people of Sasoni and adjoining areas.
The Sasoni Merbeel Eco Tourism Project located in the heart of the operatiol area of Oil India Limited, around 20 km from OIL’s Field HQs, Duliajan in Dibrugarh district is all set to become one of Assam’s most sought after tural retreat. Merbeel is an ox-bow lake in harkatia LAC in Dibrugarh district and covers an area of almost 1550 bighas, including an island of around 933 bighas. Within 2 km from the Island, there is another wetland called Gudhabeel, which is home to several varieties of local and migratory birds. The wetland is also famous for endangered species of fresh water turtles and various other aquatic life forms.