It was a huge cake about five squire feet in size was decorated with flowers in a big table and in presence of huge gathering of nature lovers and their applaud it was cut symbolically to mark the 207th Birthday of a tree by Hemkanta Talukdar incharge of CCF central assam forest circle today.
In his speech he expressed happiness at the strep of the local people to protect environment. He also termed it as a good sign to the entire society. While Environment Day is being celebrated on June 5 every year by nature lovers throughout the globe in order to generate awareness among the masses about environment and its preservation, nature lovers people here at Jalikhata have celebrated 207 years of a huge banyan tree spread over four bighas of land about 4 kms from here. They planted as many as 207 sampling besides distributing saplings among nature lovers with various programme to mark the World Environment Day and as well as an attempt to preserve the tree in a scientific way and save it from erosion of the Kaldia river.
The local people believe that the tree has completed two hundred seven years and people from various nooks and corners of the State and even from outside have visited the place. Hence there is a great scope to develop the place into a tourist place. They feel that it is a property of the nation. The people of the locality are already running a ‘Sivathan’ in the name of ‘Sivathan Santi Niketan Janaseva Ashram’ and every year Siva Chaturdashi is celebrated here where people come from long distances.They also open one banana garden in the place.The people claim that this tree is second in asia and first biggest tree in North eastern area.Today the entire place was decorated with various slogans regarding protection of environment. Three school student also delivered special speeces in order to generate awareness The plantation was declared by Ananda Khataniar,Brand ambassador of forest and environment assam. This year the world environment day was celebrated here with various programme by Barpeta district forest department in association with Kalibari Sivathan management samiti. As per the programme Bhagabat path was performed and the women performed nam sitting around the big banayan tree and the situation turned into a festive mood. Munindra Sarma deputy commissioner, Barpeta district was the chief guest of the celebration while Pabindra Deka was the special guest of the programme. A. Chakrabarty, BDO, Bajali dev. Block, Phani Pathak president of Bajali district BJP and Nagen Choudhury, director ‘seuji dhara’ along with the Barpeta district forest officials’ attended the celebration.
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