AIM OF THE PROJECT
To harness tourism in the rural areas a new form of tourism showcasing the rural life, art, culture and heritage at those locations thereby creating economically viable options for the locals, has been visualised as a joint collaboration of the GOI- UNDP.
Sualkuchi of Kamrup District has been selected as one of the sites for implementation. Sualkuchi which is popularly known as the Manchester of the East is situated at a distance of 30 Kms from Guwahati City on the north bank of river Brahmaputra. Banglaghuli village, the project site, is situated right on the banks of the river at a distance of 2.0 Kms from the main road. It is bounded by the Gondhmow forest range and is composed of a mixed population comprising of people of diverse religious and socio-economic background.
The project has 2 components.Software component (Rs 20 Lakhs) and hardware (Rs 50 Lakhs) component with a total involvement of Rs 70 Lakhs.The software component has been entrusted to the CEE, North East Regional Cell. The fund against the software component has already been released. The hardware component to be executed by the District Administration in collaboration with CBTC & UNDP.The UNDP empanelled architect paid a visit to the project site in the first week of May, 06
The initial site was identified at Gondhmow village As the work of the software component had already been initiated at Gondhmow an intensive survey of all adjoining lands was made to find an alternative site for the project. After checking with the revenue records, an area of 6 Bigha(approx.) has been selected atop a hillock standing right on the banks of the river Brahmaputra.
Software component work has been started by CEE, North East and self-help groups formed. Sensitization workshops have been organized and training imparted to beneficiaries. A base line survey of the project village has been done strictly keeping in mind the principles of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). The entire sanctioned amount of Rs 20 Lakhs under software component has been released to the implementing agency namely CEE.
The district administration has already developed the approach road towards the site by incurring an initial expenditure of Rs 1.0 Lakh. The hillock has been cleared of the unnecessary vegetation and a scheme for landscaping of the project site has been taken up for implementation by planting coconut and species of other value added trees for future benefits of stakeholders. Local youths have been selected to undergo training at Horticulture Research Institute at Kahikuchi under Assam Agrilcultural University. The CBTC has already identified the prototype structures which can be executed at site and also the materials that will be used for its construction. The structures will get well with the surrounding environment and will be eco-friendly, locally available and highly cost effective.
PROTOTYPE OF COTTAGES
BAMBOO BASED INNOVATIVE STRUCTURES
EXPENDITURES TILL DATE
Landscaping, coconut plantation on both sides of village road = Rs 0.50 Lakh
Development of approach road to the project site = Rs 1.0 Lakh
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A success story of a farmer:
The name of Shri Bhupen Kalita of village Abhayapur pam of Bongshor area in Kamrup District is well known as a most successful progressive farmer of the District. By dint of perseverance hard working, intelligent farm planning and management, ably supported by trainings, study tours outside the state sponsored by the department of Agriculture, assistances received from the department he has attained this status.
Born in a typical poverty striken farm family, Sri Kalita is the second son of Uday Kalita and Mrs Renu Kalita. He used to help his father in farming activities since his school days. He could not prosecute studies after H.S.L.C due to poverty. He took full control of family land since 1989 and since then he never looked back. Step by step he extended in his intensive farming activities with expected returns and visible economic upliftment. Today Sri Bhupen Kalita is the pride owner of 28 bighas of agricultural land. He is well supported by his family members in farming activities. Today the traders are making Bee-line to his farm to purchase his pride produces like ridge gourd, sponge gourd, Bhindi , ash gourd, potato, tomato, brinjal, cole crops, pea, mustard, garlic, onion etc.
Amongst the rice varities he is cultivating Masuri, Ranjit, Joha, Bora, Boka etc.
His net yearly income is now some lakhs.
He was adjudged best farmer in 2001 by the Government and was rewarded worth Rs. 1.20 lakhs. He was also rewarded several times by several organisations as a mark of recognition of his successful farming carrier.
The success story of Sri Bhupen Kalita is an eye-opener to present educated youth for adopting farming as a means of livelihood.