Charaideo Maidem gets its first Tactile Pavement for Blind Tourist
Also known commonly as ‘Pyramids of Assam’, the hillocks of Charaideo proves to be a splendid example of medieval times. UNESCO heritage site, Charaideo Maidem, located in Charaideo district, Assam gets its first pavement for the blinds under the work carried out by Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI), Guwahati circle.
There are actually over 150 maidams, but only 4 of these are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India along with Assam State Archaeology Department.
The ASI’s in a bid to “Explore and Unearth the Mystery of Maidems have now created pathways to explore the mystery of maidens for the tourists as well as common people.
Milin Chauley, Superintendent Archaeologist, said, “Under, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Guwahati circle, we have 18 monuments in the Sibsagar district, whereby 4 maidems of Chairaideo are looked after by us. We have started our works for the development of the maidems so that people can see and explore the history of the maidems”.
He added, “We had created pathway one and two in earlier times, but recently we have finished the construction of pathway three and four, by adding “Tactile Pavements” for the blind, people connecting two maidens”.
“The area near the jungle were been cleared near the maidems, to make the pavements for the people and tactile pavement for the blinds, so that connection between the four maidens is smooth for the people”, added Chauley.
Deputy Commissioner, Charaideo, Monimala Phukon Borthakur, Charaideo, said, “This is definitely a good step. As it is a site of UNESCO Heritage site, we want to make it larger in attracting the tourist and making its history known to the people. On other works, we also have send proposals on this regard”.
On the other hand, Sister Shiny, Manager, Jyoti Niketan said, “It is good for the blind people of the society. It will be useful to all the blind people who want to visit such places and can move freely without any constraints”.
Architecturally Charaideo comprises massive underground vault, with one or more chambers having domical superstructure and covered by a heap of earthen mound, which externally appears a hemispherical mounds.
It is regarded as a symbolic centre