Sonowal rider on riverfront project

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said the beautification of the Brahmaputra riverfront should not disturb the normal course of the river.

By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Guwahati
  • Published 14.10.17
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Guwahati, Oct. 13: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said the beautification of the Brahmaputra riverfront should not disturb the normal course of the river.

Officials of the Guwahati Smart City Development Agency Limited (GSCDAL) made a presentation on the proposed beautification project before Sonowal here today.

This is the first-of-its-kind initiative to develop a 5.2km stretch of the Brahmaputra, covering 72.45 bighas of land in Guwahati from Raj Bhavan to Kamakhya in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.

The proposed project is designed by Tata Consultancy Services in partnership with the Netherlands-based firm after a thorough hydrological study of the river.

"The Brahmaputra riverfront in Guwahati holds tremendous potential to boost tourism in the state. The beautification project should be aesthetically appealing and reflect the cultural heritage of Assam in its work," Sonowal said, adding that the project should be implemented in such a manner that the tourists feel the smartness of the city while having a peek at the rich tradition and culture of the state.

Sonowal also asked the agency to incorporate provisions for a prayer and festival plaza, perennial water channel along the bank and jetties for sea planes to take off in the project. He stressed that the beautification should not disturb the normal course of the river.

The riverfront project, once implemented, will have an esplanade for people to walk for recreational purposes with seats, night illumination, facility for cycling, leisurely sightseeing and high-thrill rides by speedboats and jetties for sea planes.

Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu, who is also the managing director of GSCDAL, said a masterplan for the project has been prepared and the survey and feasibility study completed.

Angamuthu said implementation of the project would also not harm the interests of the vendors of Kacharighat and Uzan Bazar fish market as both the markets would be retained to reflect traditional lifestyle.