Dibru-Saikhowa fest inaugurated

 TINSUKIA, Jan 3 – The maiden three-day Dibru-Saikhowa Festival 2009, organised by the Tinsukia district administration and the District Rural Development Agency on the bank of Dibru river at Guijan, a remote area of Dibru Saikhowa National Park, about 11 km from the Tinsukia town, was inaugurated by Raju Sahoo, MLA of Chabua Constituency, on Thursday in presence of MLA Tinsukia, RP Singh, Dr KK Dwivedi, Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia, Sukhen Bora, president, Tinsukia zila parishad, Dwipen Goswami, Satradhikar, Kopahtoli Satra of Kakopathar, and many other dignitaries.

More than 60 stalls of various self-help groups, government departments and NGOs have displayed their productions in the festival. Hundreds of people thronged the festival site from the morning onwards. Art and quiz competitions among the school children, health mela and cultural programmes were held. The festival will conclude tomorrow. A VCD on Dibru-Sai-khowa national park has been released by Dr KK Dwivedi on the occasion.

Aid for schools: Twentyfive high and higher secondary schools of Tinsukia district have been provided with an amount of Rs 5 lakh for the development of infrastructure chiefly the school buildings and an another amount of Rs 1 lakh each for the construction of girls common room by the government of Assam. The cheques have been distributed by MLAs of Tinsukia and Chabua constituency Rajendra Pd Singh and Raju Sahoo on Thursday at a function held at Dibru-Saikhowa festival site. The function was conducted by the inspector of schools, Tinsukia, Ramesh Hazarika and Dr KK Dwivedi, DC Tinsukia, Sukhen Bora, president zila parishad were present among others.

Mekipur water supply project: Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizer, BK Hndique on December 29, laid the foundation stone of Meckipur drinking water project to be built at a cost of Rs 63.02 lakh which is expected to serve the entire residents of the drought prone area after completion in 2010.

The Minister also announced an aid of Rs 4.5 crore for the Mekipur Lakhimijan road in the meeting held for the purpose besides distributing aids to 33 SHGs. BK Handique also inaugurated the modern shopping complex with 24 outlets in the Nazira commercial complex ground floor built at a cost of Rs 33 lakh. The minister termed it as a big achievement for the people of Nazira.