Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has recently inaugurated Majuli as the 35th district of Assam. With this, Majuli became India's first island district.
Earlier in September 2016, Majuli had also become the world’s largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing Brazil’s Marajo.
The inauguration of Majuli as a district also coincided with the 90th birth anniversary of Assam’s music maestro Bhupen Hazarika.
During inaugurating the island district, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that construction of Bogibeel Bridge was at its terminal stage and Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will be commissioned in 2017. The Assam CM said Majuli has a unique location at the heart of the Brahmaputra, “The River in the topography, the chars and the flora and fauna add to its magnificence".
Besides, Chief Minister also held the cabinet meeting at Majuli which was for the first time held outside Guwahati. It was announced that state government has proposed to set up cultural university in Majuli to enable research and advanced studies of art and culture of the state. The Assam State Government also has decided to set up centre of water resources in the island to suggest remedial steps for the recurring flood and erosion there. The Majuli Island is also vying for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its cultural and natural heritage.