Sarbananda Sonowal on Jorhat Fire: Govt Will Rehabilitate Affected Traders

Guwahati: Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid a visit to the tragedy-stricken Chowk Market in the Jorhat district of Assam on Saturday.

The union minister assessed the situation together with local BJP MLA Hitendra Nath Goswami, Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, and Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Pulak Mahanta,

Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the government will assist the bazaar’s impacted vendors in getting back on their feet. The union minister added that he will discuss the situation with the chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Taking to twitter, the union minister wrote, “Visited Chowk Bazar in Jorhat, which was devastated by a tragic fire recently & interacted with locals, shopkeepers & businessmen to take stock of losses & damage. I Urge Hon’ble CM Shri @himantabiswa to extend all possible support to those whose livelihoods have been affected.”

It should be noted that a devastating fire that started late on Thursday night at Chowk Bazar destroyed over 300 shops.

Officials from the fire department claim that the fire started in a cloth store near to the market’s entrance gate. The bazaar was then completely consumed by the raging inferno.

Assam Revenue Minister Jogen Mohan went to the scene and assessed the situation once the enormous fire broke out. The district administration was tasked by the minister to conduct an investigation to determine what started the fire.

Following the unfortunate incident, almost 20 fire fighters arrived on the spot. Moreover, firefighters from OIL, ONGC, Mariani, and Teok were dispatched to the scene and immediately got to work.

No reports of loss of life or injuries were reported in the incident.

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