Less picknikers in Udalgiri

 UDALGURI, Jan 3 – Compared to previous years, lesser number of picnic groups were spotted on the first day of the New Year.

Revealing the detailed data, Marius Mochahari, secretary. Bhairabkunda Picnic Spot Management Committee told this correspondent that last year the committee earned Rs 87,750 as entry fee from 1800 picnic groups out of which 30 per cent (Rs 26,325) was paid as royalty to the BTC authority and the rest amount was spent in development of picnic spots on the sandy and rocky valley of Dhansiri river.

The secretary also said that there were 350 picnic groups coming from various parts of Assam in the previous year on January 1 while there were only 215 groups spotted till evening on the very first day of the new year.

Niran Daimari, adviser of the committee however admitted that the group clashes in last October in Udalguri and Darrang districts might have discouraged the outsiders to make a pleasure trip to Bhairabkunda in Udalguri district.

It is to be noted that the BTC authority promised to develop Bhairabkunda as one of the tourists hub of BTC but till date steps to this effect were not taken by it except starting the construction of a tourists’ lodge which is yet to be completed.

Bhairabkunda in the northern foothills of Assam in BTC region bordering Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful, spacious and hygienic picnic spot which can be used as tourists’ hub. The BTC authority could earn handsome amount of royalty if the place is developed sincerely.

New IS building inaugurated: The new office building of Inspector of Schools of Udalguri district was jointly inaugurated by Rihon Doimari, PHE Minister of Assam and Emmanuel Mochahari, executive member for education of BTC on December 31 last here at Barnagaon in Udalguir.

Addressing the meeting held to this effect chaired by Dr S Meenaxi Sundaram, deputy commissioner of Udalguri district, the executive member for education of B odo Territorial Council outlined the various projects undertaken by his department to improve the quality of education in the BTC region. The meeting was also addressed by Rihon Doimari, PHE minister among many others.