Guwahati: The Assam archaeology department has expedited the process of finalising the dossier for the Charaideo site, the first capital of the Ahom Royals, to be sent to the Unesco for a world heritage tag.
Of the 31 king maidams or graves scattered in the Charaideo capital complex, only a dozen are being proposed for the heritage tag. The pyramid-style ancient graveyards have drawn researchers from all over the world to Assam. Conservation activists rued that the maidam of the founder of the dynasty, Chaolung Siu Ka Pha, has not been included in the dossier.
Conservation activist Zakirul Alam, a member of the Charaideo maidam demarcation committee, said while there are around 500 maidams in Charaideo and adjacent Sivasagar district, the number of maidams covered in the present plan is too few to form a grand heritage site of global standard. “We appeal to the state government and the archaeology department to cover all 31 king maidams, along with around 160 queen maidams so that the proposal stands a strong chance of getting the tag. If there are disputes around some of the maidams, they can be sorted,” said Alam.
He said the state government has already passed the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Bill, 2020, under which the deputy commissioner concerned can take decisive steps to take over lands where historical monuments are located. In 2021, the director of land records and survey, Assam, had completed the survey of a an area covering around 4,756 bighas to be included in the dossier.


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