Majuli’s largest river island status to help UNESCO World heritage bid: Mahesh Sharmahttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/assam-majulis-largest-river-island-stauts-unesco-world-heritage-union-culture-minister-mahesh-sharma-3017429/

Majuli’s largest river island status to help UNESCO World heritage bid: Mahesh Sharma

"With this recognition, Majuli in Assam enhances its bid for @UNESCO world heritage site status," Union Culture minister tweeted

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Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma. (Source: Dr Mahesh Sharma/Facebook)

With Majuli in Assam being declared the largest river island in the world in the Guinness World Records, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma today said the recognition will enhance its bid to get world heritage status.

“With this recognition, Majuli in Assam enhances its bid for @UNESCO world heritage site status,” he tweeted.

Majuli, an island in the Brahmaputra river, toppled Marajo in Brazil to bag the coveted title by Guinness World Records earlier this month.

Majuli covers an area of around 880 sqkm but due to frequent flooding in the Brahmaputra river, it suffers heavy erosion.

It is estimated that Majuli, which is home to around 1,60,000 people, has lost around one third of its area over the last 30-40 years.

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Majuli is the nerve centre of neo-Vaishnavite culture and has been trying for the World Heritage Site status.