In his first visit to Dima Hasao after assuming the office of the chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma on July 26 laid the foundation stone of a bamboo industrial park at Manderdisa in the district.
The project will be implemented with Rs 50 crore from DoNER ministry.
Chief minister Sarma, while speaking on the occasion, said that the project, once completed, would usher in a new era in the economy of the region and create vast employment opportunities for the local youth.
He said that bamboo produced in Dima Hasao were earlier mostly exported to paper mills, however, with the completion of the park new avenues would open to use bamboo for production of tiles, incense stick, ceiling etc., which would bring more economic benefit to the people.
Minister of water resources Pijush Hazarika, CEM of NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) Debolal Gorlosa, CEM of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Tuliram Ronghang, MLA Haflong Nandita Gorlosa, chairperson of NCHAC Ranu Langthasa and others were also present on the occasion.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on his way to Haflong also paid tributes at the statue of Dimasa “hero” Veer Dimalik Kemprai, who was the military general of erstwhile Hirimbapur (Dimapur) in the 13th century AD during the reign of king Makardhwaj Thaosen.
During his visit, Sarma also inaugurated a home for orphans and destitute children, staff quarters and vocational training centre for children in Dima Hasao district under NLCPR scheme at Boro Haflong.
He also paid tribute at the statue of Padma Bhushan Rani Gaidinliu, a brave freedom fighter who organized an armed freedom movement and challenged the British empire for independence of the country at Boro Haflong.