Guwahati Tea Auction Centre
The tea plantations in Assam occupies a very huge part of the land of the area and in spite of it, it was not making any worthy contribution to the state’s economy or its progress. It was then that the regional aspirations took a stand and made it imperative that the tea industry played a major role in the state’s economy and also promote for the encouragement of the tea trade entrepreneurs.
Efforts were being seen since the year 1960s to establish a proper tea auction centre here in Guwahati by the local people as well as the concerned government officials. However, the efforts did not meet a fruitful end until some of the Assam based planters were determined to work towards the setting up of the auction centre and made it their objective. With hard work and perseverance, finally they succeeded in making their dream a reality, and the tea auction centre was finally established here in Guwahati.
The Guwahati Tea Auction Centre also had a committee of its own and the committee meeting was held for the first time in Shillong, on 29th August, 1970 under the chairmanship of Late Dharmendra Das. 25th September, 1970, was the inaugural sale in the Guwahati Tea Auction centre. GTAC rules were drafted with various amendments being made.
After the sale started in the Guwahati tea auction centre, there was very soon the need for a new warehouse and there was very less time for the construction of the warehouse. However, Mr Anil Sarma who was an experienced in an internationally reputed construction company took the initiative and converted the spacious ASIDC sheds into a tea warehouse which was considered to be a remarkable feat, considering the circumstances. During that time, it was a milestone achieved and it was an inspiring moment for all when local youths volunteered and carried the tea chests from the truck that had arrived from the Bahoni Tea estate. On the day of the inauguration, the activities in the premises of the tea state started early in the morning. Inaugural arrangements were being made and the entire hall was being given final touches. The people witnessing the event were well aware of the ambience and knew that they were going to witness a remarkable occasion in the history of Assam. Many important dignitaries and officials and personalities were present that day and made the event a ‘Red Letter day’ in the history of Assamese pages. The first sale at the tea auction centre was an immense hit with new registered buyers outnumbering the real auction centre buyers. The first lot of tea was auctioned in the Guwahati tea auction centre at the price of Rs. 42.50 during those days, which was a big achievement.
Infrastructure at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre:
- It is located at a prime location in Guwahati on G S Road next to Dispur Capital Complex.
It has an auctioning space of 20,000 sq ft.
- It has adequate office space.
- It also has recreational Club facilities for its members as well as bank related facilities for all.
- The centre has a 460 seated air-conditioned Leaf Auction Hall and a 110 seated air-conditioned Dust Auction Hall.
- It has 12,00,000 sq ft of permanent tea warehousing space dedicated to storage of auction teas with associated road transportation carriers represented by major transport companies.
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