| Vaishnavite dancers in Majuli. File picture |
Jorhat, April 30: The website, majulilandscape.gov.in, launched on a trial basis from today by the Majuli Cultural Landscape Management Authority, gives a comprehensive picture of the largest inhabited fresh water island in the world.
The website, which is a one-stop authentic information portal for visitors, gives a detailed account of Majuliís heritage, culture, people, scenic landscapes and the little known relics kept in the century old Vaishnavite monasteries along with colourful photographs.
However, some of the names, which are in Assamese, donít have their meanings explained in English and this could be discouraging to foreigners.
The MCLMA was set up under the Majuli Cultural Landscape Region Act, 2006, with the aim to protect the island from floods and erosion and to develop and preserve its unique identity.
The commissioner (Upper Assam division) is the chief executive officer of the authority. The chief secretary is its chairman and the cultural affairs principal secretary is its vice-chairman.
The portal has links such as home, gallery, culture, xatras and tourism, making the task of searching for something in particular simple. The portal also contains snippets of information along with photographs.
Some of the snippets are about the wheels of a carriage brought from England in the 18th century that was used by the then Garmur xatradhikar (monastic head). Another is about a manuscript given by the Burmese to the Narasingha Xatra after the murder of the then xatradhikar by the Burmese army. Another snippet is about a set of cannons gifted to Auniati Xatra. These are all listed under prime attractions.
For tourists, attractions like the sunset and sunrise, the xatras and the hotspots for bird viewing like the chakoli, vereki, daukpara and rambolia are listed.
Visitors also get detailed information about how to reach Majuli and where to stay with telephone numbers, addresses and types of accommodation available.
Under the segment other links, the tour operators and tourist guides links do not open. The links to the office of the chief executive and the office of the executive MCLMA furnish details about the Majuli cultural landscape authority, its activities and future projects to develop the island into a top class destination for visitors. There is also information about the administration and a brief history of the formation of the state and Jorhat. The portal also gives an account of the political set-up under which the island was administered from the British era till the present times.
At the beginning of the 7th century, Majuli was part of a larger area. It was a landform formed out of continuous deposition of sand because of the changing course of rivers, namely the Brahmaputra (formerly known as the Lohit) flowing to the north of Majuli and one of its tributaries, the Dihing, flowing south of Majuli. The Dihing receives the Dikhow, Jhanji, Bhogdoi, Dhansiri rivers and some other small tributaries to meet the Brahmaputra at Lakhu.
The portal has sections which talk about the reasons for heavy siltation, floods and erosion and also gives a detailed co-ordinate of the island besides information about the shifting nature of the Brahmaputra moving eastwards and southwards.
Hosted by the National Informatics Centre, the Upper Assam commissioner is seeking feedback from the public before it is finally launched.