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Assam's Majuli becomes India's first Island district
Majuli in Assam has been declared as the country's first river island district. On Thursday, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal elevated the sub-district to a district and is now the 35th district of Assam.

"The long cherished dream of the people of Majuli has been fulfilled today. However, to give a fillip to the growth momentum of the district, a comprehensive approach is required," Sonowal said.

"If we want to usher in an era of development in Majuli, everybody has to render their concerted efforts. Emergence of Majuli as a full-fledged district on the birthday of Bhupen Hazarika is indeed a matter of joy, pleasure and pride", he added.

In June, the state cabinet held its first cabinet meeting and approved the decision to elevate Majuli to a full-fledged district. In 1991, Majuli had an area of 1,256 sq km but has been reduced to 880 sq km, mailnly due to soil erosion.

Earlier, the 880 square km Majuli island had been declared the world's largest river island, replacing Brazil's Marajo, by the Guinness Book of World Records to become the world's largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records. According to the Guinness World Records, the district is home to around 1,60,000 people.

Talking about the conservation of the Island, Sonowal said, "The biggest threat to the island is erosion. My government will do all that is possible to protect it. As I represent Majuli in the Assembly, my responsibility is more. I know I will constantly be under your scanner but let me inform you that we have taken a series of decisions at the cabinet meeting for the protection and development of the island."

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