Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday unveiled the foundation stone of rebuilding and development work of 1.5 km of Brahmaputra Riverbank (Ananta Nallah) along with protection of Sarbananda Singha Kshetra and Guijan and its adjoining areas at Tinsukia.
The project initiated under DONER Ministry's special infrastructure development fund with an expenditure of Rs 18 crore would protect a total area of 11 thousand hectares in Guijan from erosion.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Sonowal said that the project would make the area one of the most attractive tourist destinations along with safeguarding the land of Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha from erosion.
He said, after the completion of the project, the beauty of the Guijan areas' as well as the biodiversity hotspot of Dibru-Saikhowa will be enhanced tremendously.
Calling Guijan's people to closely monitor the construction work of the project to ensure the highest quality, CM Sonowal thanked the various Mottok organizations of the area for raising their voices for the project.
Lambasting the previous Congress governments in the state for using the water resource department as a money-making tool as they embezzled public funds, he said, the department has been revived by the present state government and it is has been able to start erosion protection work in November itself this year.
He also referred to the recent inauguration of 200 projects of the Water Resources Department at Sarothebari in Barpeta.
Stating that the youth of the state have responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call by engaging in various fields with hard work and dedication, Sonowal urged the people of the state to contribute to the mission to create a developed state of Assam.
He said, with the help of the local community, police, and forest department, Kaziranga National Park has been freed from large scale poaching. Similarly, he urged locals to come forward to protect Dibru-Saikhov National Park.
Keshab Mahant, Water Resources Minister in his speech explained how the Water Resources Department has expanded its scope by not being limited to traditional embankment building and erosion protection functions.
He also highlighted the archaeological department's work of preservation of historic places and monuments.
MLA Binod Hazarika also spoke at the program.
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