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Green space for elderly

Dhubri, Feb. 9: Rose Garden Park, which is being constructed in memory of Bhupen Hazarika, will be dedicated to senior citizens of Dhubri town.

The maestro studied here in Dhubri Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School for a brief period at the primary level and there has been pressing demand by the people of Dhubri town since his demise in 2011 to construct a statue in his memory.

Joydeep Barua, a social worker and one of the members of the construction committee of Rose Garden Park, said in remembrance, a bust of Hazarika would be installed in the park and it would be solely dedicated to the elderly and senior citizens of the town.

“Dhubri is small with a rich and glorious historical background, but there is hardly any place for the elderly men to walk freely for few hours in the morning and evening. So, we approached deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita for a park for senior citizens in memory of the maestro and he consented to the plan,” Barua said.

Barua also said since there is a paucity of land in the Dhubri town area, the land lying vacant between DFO and DC bungalow was selected for the garden.

Construction committee sources said Rs 5 lakh was sanctioned by Dhubri Municipal Board while Rs 1 lakh was generated through organising theatres recently. The amount has been spent for the construction of the park.

Dhubri Municipal Board chairman Himabrata Majumdar said it was a matter of great pleasure to construct the garden in memory of the maestro who had a close link with Dhubri Talking to The Telegraph, Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita hoped that this park would give a space and spiritual environment to the senior citizens to share their feelings with their contemporary and fellow men.

The Rose Garden Park will be inaugurated on March 1, a committee source said.