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Negheriting Shiva temple to be developed as a tourist spot

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DERGAON, Nov 30 - The historic Negheriting Shiva temple in upper Assam’s Golaghat district is to be developed into a tourist spot. This was stated by the Minister of Cultural Affairs (Archaeology and Library Services), Water Resource, Science & Technology and Information Technology Keshab Mahanta recently while addressing an open meeting at the temple premises.

For mitigating different issues related to the temple, an amount of Rs 50 lakh has also been earmarked by the Archaeological department of the Government of Assam.

The minister also said that the government was keen to develop such spots to tourist spots, which would indirectly be an income source as well as means of livelihood for the local youths.

The Golaghat DIPRO Papu Gogoi said that the meeting was organised synchronising with the observance of World Heritage Week on November19-25 by Kakodonga Development Block in association with the panchayats under the Block and was chaired by the Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika.

The meeting attended by Dergaon MLA Bhabendranath Bharali, Circle Officer Utpal Deka, Project Director DRDA Abinash Saikia, Additional Superintendent of Police Surajit Singh Paneswar, Chairman, Dergaon Development Authority Bhola Hazarika, Municipality Board member Arunav Kalita among others was participated by the members associated with the management of the temple.

The meeting discussed the different issues related to the archaeological site such as lack of drinking water, monkey nuisance, management and urged the minister as well as the department to mitigate the problems without affecting the archaeological character of the site.

The temple was initially constructed by the Kachari kings between 800-900 AD and later it was rebuilt by Ahom king Rajeswar Singha in 1687 as due to a natural calamity, the temple was damaged.

The temple deserves its heritage as the flow of devotees is increasing day by day.

Source: The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Sunday, December 1, 2019