| Children greet chief minister Tarun Gogoi on his birthday during the inaugural function of Shradhanjali Kanan at RG Baruah Road on Monday. Picture by Eastern Projections |
Guwahati, Oct. 11: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today inaugurated the much awaited Rs 8.73crore-park, Shradhanjali Kanan, today.
The park, which is the largest in the city, is built on 23 bighas of land where the office of the soil conservation department once stood.
Set up by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority under the Guwahati development department.
The park will be a recreation-cum-educational centre. It is modelled on the lines of Hyde Park in London.
The foundation stone of the park was laid on October 11, 2007.
An addition to the list of the city’s tourist attractions, the park was opened on the occasion of the chief minister’s birthday today.
At the function, which began with a cultural show, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said, “Guwahati is a beautiful city, but it has only a few recreational parks in the city. However, this park has a lot more in store. A hall of fame set up within the park will also keep the younger generation aware of the sacrifices of the freedom fighters.”
A laser show depicting Assam’s history and a music fountain will keep the visitors entertained and enlighten them as well.
Besides, the park will have children’s corner, meditation centre, amphitheatre, pond and space for parking vehicles.
While martyrs’ memorial stone will be soon be set up on the premises, a toy train is scheduled to be an added feature by January.
Speaking at the function, GDD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Initially, when we had started the project, many had opposed it. So, we requested the general public to give their views via text messages. We had given out GDD secretary Ashish Bhutani’s mobile number where we received nearly 7,000 messages in support of the project. Moreover, other projects on similar lines are on the anvil.”
Sarma said an auditorium, bigger than the ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Machkhowa, will soon be opened for the public on the premises of Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
Apart from this, a clutch of dignitaries, including revenue minister Bhumidhar Barman, GMDA chief executive officer Pritam Saikia and east Guwahati MLA Robin Bordoloi, attended the function.
The batch of 100 children, who were treated for congenital heart diseases at the Bangalore-based Narayana Hrudayalaya free of cost by Dispur, were also present at the inaugural function.
The children also wished the chief minister on his birthday.