GUWAHATI: A xatra established by Mahapurush Sri Sri Madhabdev is today in a deplorable condition, battered by erosion and threatened by encroachment. This is the Baghbar Baithapota Xatra and its poor condition came to light during the visit of the three-member Xatra Commission to the Barpeta district.
The Assam Government had formed the Xatra Commission to look into complaints of encroachment of land belonging to xatras in the State. Headed by MLA Pradip Hazarika, the other two members of the commission are MLAs Mrinal Saikia and Rupak Sarma. During the recent visit of the commission to the Barpeta district, it was observed that the Baghbar Baithapota Xatra was facing erosion threat.
The Baghbar Baithapota Xatra was established by Mahapurush Sri Sri Madhabdev on a 31-bigha land in the present Baghbar LAC. This land was eroded away. Then in 1910, the Xatra was shifted to the Niz Baghbar gaon under Baghbar LAC. At present, the Xatra is spread over one kotha 15 lessa land. A local committee looks after the management of the Xatra. The Xatra had 8 bighas of additional land. Out of these 8 bighas, 4 bighas are in the possession of the Xatra bhakat while the other 4 bighas have been encroached upon.
The Xatra Commission is likely to submit a part of its report to the Chief Minister towards the end of this month or the beginning of the next month. In this part report, the poor plight of the Baghbar Baithapota Xatra will be highlighted.