Assam MLA and Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi raised the demand to transform Sivasagar into a tourism and cultural hub. In the Assam assembly, Gogoi presented facts upon why it is essential for the historical place Sivasagar to be declared as a state heritage site, national heritage, including international heritage site.

Akhil Gogoi demanded that the government declare the historical city of Sivasagar, which is also his constituency, as a ‘State Heritage Site’. Sivasagar was included in the probable list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in 2019. Gogoi had also informed that Sivasagar has 551 historical contents.

 

Not only this, but Gogoi also questioned the government about the electricity problems in Chenga constituency. Sivasagar is the city of Upper Assam is a testimony to the glorious 600-year rule of the Ahom dynasty.

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Newly-elected Sibsagar MLA Akhil Gogoi said a place can be declared a heritage site under the provisions of the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Preservation, Conservation, Conservation, and Maintenance Act, 2020.

The Assam Assembly last year passed a bill to protect, preserve and restore tangible heritage, which is currently not covered under any national or state law.

The passage of the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Maintenance Bill, 2020 was termed historic by Ex-Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who said it is a step towards implementing Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

As per the clause, constitutional, legislative, and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity, and heritage of the Assamese people.

According to reports, The act will cover all those heritage that has been in existence for at least 75 years and will be other than those declared as national importance by Parliament or those covered under the Assam Ancient Monuments and Records Act, 1959.

Sivasagar is famous for Shivadol, Vishnudol, and Devidol — built by Queen Madambika, the wife of Ahom king Sutanphaa or Shiva Singha, in 1734. The Shivadol is one of the tallest Shiva temples in India with a height of 104 feet.

The ‘Rang Ghar’, an amphitheater, was built by King Pramatta Singha. It is also famous for ‘Talatal Ghar’ and ‘Rang Ghar’. The seven-storied ‘Talatal Ghar’ was built as an Ahom army base.

The Budget Session of the 15th Assam Assembly for 2021-22 commenced on Monday (12th July) in Guwahati. Assam govt will present its first budget on 16th July. The Assam budget 2021-22 will be presented by finance minister Ajanta Neog. Interestingly, for the first time in the history of Assam that the state budget would be presented by a woman finance minister.

The Budget Session of the 15th Assam Legislative Assembly will continue till August 13 with 15 working days.

 

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