GUWAHATI: Guwahati is being given a facelift with a model village at Lachitghat on the river bank that is being decorated. All these are in aid of the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe from December 15 during the India-Japan meet. The city is also being beautified in others areas as well.
The model village being beautified under the direction of artist Nuruddin Ahmed, has – an artificial village comprising Assam-type houses, mortars and pestles, handlooms, husking pedals, a naamghar, nongola-jopona (traditional gates made of bamboo), a bullock cart, articles, costumes etc that are symbolic to various ethnic groups of the State. The riverside from Sonaram HS School to Shukreswar Temple have been developed as the spot is meant for the meeting of the two visiting prime ministers, who may opt for a boat ride in the Brahmaputra.
State PWD Minister on Saturday took stock of the preparations at Lachitghat. Talking to newsmen, the minister said, “We’re giving such a facelift to Guwahati for the proposed distinguished visit. This visit, being first of its kind in the State, is significant for Assam. Besides the riverside, the Old DC Bungalow, river sars up to Kuruwa have been decorated. Even though Kamakhya and Sualkuchi are not supposed to be visited by the distinguished guests, we’ve given them also a facelift.”
The minister, accompanied by officials, visited the riverside and took stock of the progress of works.