BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
Guwahati, February 12: A group of two persons and their associates from Italy and England have shown an example of cooperation towards the making of “Guwahati Bamboo Walkway” in view to preserve the old monuments at North Guwahati. It is a foot bridge made of bamboo sticks along with the riverside. With the help of this walkway a tourist can have a beautiful view of the mighty Brahmaputra and the historical monuments located nearby without any obstacle.
Paulo Rosso from Italy, who is a curator by profession, and William West from England, who is a sculptor by profession, have taken a noble decision to increase the importance of the monuments like Kai Borosi Buwa Rock Inscription, Manikunteshwari Temple and Ahom Rampart which are situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra.
William and Paulo came to Assam 5 years ago and visited these places with the help of their friends who live in Guwahati. They were amazed when they visited places like Raja Duar Ghat on the north bank of the Brahmaputra.
“When we came for the first time to this place, we got mesmerized by the artistic beauty of this place and really wanted to do something for the development of the place. So, we have decided to make this foot bridge to trigger interests among tourists who visit the city often,” Paulo said, adding, “We have decided to make this bridge to preserve the memories of old Assam. There was also a bridge at this place before the great earthquake.”
At the time when Paulo and William came here, there was a plastic factory project going to be started near the place and to preserve the monuments there, Paulo got this idea and decided to start the project.
William said, “We have invested our own money in this project. So, we have to look after our expenditures too.”
“We are planning to make the foot bridge 400 meters long, starting from Raja Duar Ghat to the entrance of Anda gar village along the river side. We have completed work on 70 meters till date,” Paulo said.
“For the making of the foot bridge, we have brought 3 experts from Majuli and Jorhat and also taken the help of the local people. We will start work on the second phase. We are hoping that we will be able to complete the project within next year.”
Paulo and William have three other associates from Italy who are helping them in this project.