DHUBRI, April 5: Gauripur, a historical and heritage town of Dhubri district, is heading towards achieving the ‘total clean tag’ soon, thanks to the efforts made by Executive Officer of Gauripur Town Committee, Bistir Barua and artists of Little Hands. After construction of almost all the roads and by-lanes with load bearing drains, Gauripur Town Committee took the initiative to keep the town clean by engaging some artists to draw paintings on walls, aiming at creating awareness on afforestation, cleanliness and sanitation. First the paintings were started on the walls of Gauripur Town Committee (GTC) office and now are being extended to the other parts of the town.
When contacted, Executive Officer of Gauripur Town Committee, Bistir Barua informed The Sentinel that this was a part of Project Little Hands, wherein GTC collaborated with young artists of Dhubri and Gauripur to add colour to walls by painting them with relevant messages of afforestation, cleanliness and sanitation. “Young artists are very enthusiastic and taking part in the paintings on walls. They are helping in dissemition of messages to create awareness on the subjects. This has really helped in maintaining cleanliness in the town, though much remains to be done,” Barua said.
Barua also informed that there had been rampant encroachment of roads, drains and pavements, but he had taken strict action against it and carried out eviction and demolition drive, including one at South Chowk Bazaar against uuthorized construction on Wednesday. People of Gauripur town have long been demanding that Gauripur should be declared as heritage town in lower Assam, which is now gaining ground. A social activist of Gauripur, Jyotirmoy Chakraborty said that the town deserved this heritage town status as many things over five centuries old were getting decayed and some of them were even on the verge of ruin due to lack of scientific preservation and maintence. Dhubri-Gauripur town is fast emerging as a twin-city, located extremely west of Assam and sharing inter-State border with Bengal and Meghalaya and intertiol border with Bangladesh.
Three central government projects –rail, air link and river port – will soon be operatiol and thus the lost glory of yesteryears will be restored, Diptiman Dutta, an ornithologist and ture activist of Gauripur said. Dutta said that importance of Gauripur would increase as the railway station was also going to be upgraded as junction and new and altertive railway line from this station to Abhayapuri would be opened soon.