Sivasagar, Assam: Talk about Sivasagar in Assam, and the first thing that comes to one’s mind are the numerous historical monuments such as tanks, temples and palaces that dot the ancient capital of the Ahom Kingdom.
However, of late, these grand monuments that still carry the rich legacy of the 600- year-old Ahom dynasty in Assam are crying out for attention. The reason: most of these structures are lying in a dilapidated condition, unattended. While cracks have developed in the walls at several places, some of them can also be seen covered with thick layers of moss and wild grass.
Lack of proper maintenance along with unabated illegal encroachment has adversely affected historical sites such as Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Talatal Ghar, Joy Doul and Siva Doul, among others. All these are centrally protected monuments and sites under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Society of India.
“Due to the lack of proper maintenance, these historical monuments are in a dilapidated condition. Trees have grown on the walls of Rang Ghar, Tatatal Ghar, etc. Major cracks have also developed in some of the walls of these monuments. Despite having enormous tourism potential, these historical sites are gasping for breath due to the callous attitude of the authorities concerned,” said Pankaj Pratim Hazarika, who teaches at Gorgaon College in Sivasagar district.
Expressing serious concern, Hazarika also pointed towards the unabated encroachment at the maidams (tombs) of the Ahom era in Sivasagar. He also urged civil society members to raise their voice against the issue.
“We have not seen any government initiative so far. The pathetic condition of these monuments reflects the sad state of affairs,” alleged Montu Chetia Pator, leader, Tai Ahom Students’ Union. He also demanded immediate government intervention into the matter.