TINSUKIA: An eco-resort located at Erashuti under Guijan panchayat on the northern bank of Dibru River in the periphery of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park as sparked controversy over violation of environmental norms with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) claiming the resort to be illegal and demanding eviction.
The Tinsukia Regional Students’ Union (AASU), in a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia, alleged that Sanjay Das, a BJP worker and member of Tinsukia Zilla Parishad, in association with Monoj Sharma, a businessman of Tinsukia, opened a resort within the buffer zone of Biosphere Reserve flouting all environmental rules. To attract tourists, he introduced river sports, including paragliding, besides installing generators which have created threat to the wildlife, the AASU alleged, and urged upon the district administration to initiate action against the illegal resort failing which the AASU would resort to agitation.
Sanjay Das, also an environment activist, said that his resort under Erashuti Revenue Village was established in 2004 and not within the buffer zone of Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve as alleged but within the civil revenue circle. Only recently he along with a partner Monoj Sharma renovated the resort by introducing some sports activities to woo tourists but nothing was done against environmental norms, he said, adding that he had employed more than 300 local boys garnering a sustainable income for unemployed youths.