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NGO to clean busts, statues

Guwahati, June 19: Nagarik Surakshya Samity Assam, an NGO, has decided to clean up all statues and busts in the city.

President of the organisation, Kailash Sarma, today told the media that most statues and busts in the city are in a very bad shape and need proper maintenance and cleaning.

“The city has statues and busts of many renowned and historical personalities, right from Lachit Borphukan, the legendary Ahom general, to visionary Radha Govinda Baruah. Visiting over 100 places in the city we noticed that most of them require proper cleaning and regular maintenance,” said Sarma.

He said an average of Rs 5,000 will be required to clean up the statues and they would start working with donations from their members.

“A huge amount of money will be required for the exercise. We have decided to start work with donations from our members instead of looking towards the state government. But we are happy that the project director of Assam State AIDS Control Society has come forward to help us in our project,” said Sarma. He added that work would begin before Bishwakarma Puja.

The NGO has a plan to expand its activities to other districts as well. “We will go phase-wise. Once we complete the task in the city, which is the gateway to the Northeast, we will go for other districts,” Sarma said.

He said they would try to involve the organisations, which have set up the statues and the busts, in the cleaning process.