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Guwahati: Amid Magh Bihu celebrations, displaced residents of Silsako protest in Guwahati against government-initiated evictions.
The Assam government’s land acquisition measures led to the demolition of homes, prompting protestors to voice discontent during the traditional festival.
Holding placards and symbolically burning the Meji bonfire, the demonstrators demand compensation and rehabilitation for affected families. The evictions have sparked resistance, highlighting the challenges faced by those displaced from their homes.
In 2022, the District Administration carried out a demolition drive in the Chachal area of Silsaku Beel, Assam. Families were evicted, and most structures in the area were demolished.
Since then, the authorities have conducted eviction drives multiple times in Silsaku Beel, an urban wetland in Guwahati under Kamrup (Metro) District.
Silsaku Beel, categorized as a lake-like urban wetland, falls under the National Green Tribunal’s purview. The eviction drives aim to protect and restore wetlands and implement flood-control measures.
According to the media reports in 2014, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) issued an eviction notice against alleged “illegal encroachment” in Silsako Lake, urging the removal of unauthorized structures.
On May 17, 2022, affected residents protested in front of the circle office, demanding rehabilitation.