Centre to develop Majuli island

Union Minister of State for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma has assured that the Centre will take all possible steps to expedite the proposal of World Heritage site status for Majuli island located in the Brahmaputra river in Assam.

Sharma said that the Ministry of Culture is working with the State of Assam to assist in finalising the proposal and to clear all roadblocks.

Sharma met Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti and Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal in this regard in New Delhi.

Uma explained the need to conserve the rich island as it is dramatically shrinking due to erosion. ASI must carry out a survey of the ancient artefacts at the island to facilitate the proposal for World Heritage site, she said.

Sonowal explained that the Majuli island is the largest river island in the world and has a population of about two lakh. He requested Sharma to provide tourism infrastructure at Majuli island.

Mahesh Sharma said that the Tourism Ministry is committed to develop the island as a tourist destination with the help of cruise tourism and the Culture Ministry will extend help. Secretary Tourism Lalit Panwar was present.

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