JORHAT, Jan 3 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today laid the foundation stone of the Rs 72-crore Heritage Swadesh Darshan, Majuli Project to boost tourism in the river island.
The project, to be implemented by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), is aimed at developing top-class infrastructure in Majuli district to make it a major tourist destination.
Under the project, five bird watching towers will be built at places near the water bodies, along with a cafeteria. A floating barge will also be installed to facilitate cruise tours on River Brahmaputra. Infrastructure in the Salmora area will be developed to promote the centuries-old craft of making pottery items from clay. Apart from this, a hall will be constructed to hold workshops, along with an auditorium at the Samuguri Sattra where masks are made.
In his address, at a function organised to lay the foundation stone of the project symbolically on the Majuli College Field at the Doriya Ghat, the Chief Minister reiterated that both the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the State would leave no stone unturned to make Majuli a world-class tourist hub.
Sonowal said the unique cultural heritage of the island and the vast flora and fauna have great potential to attract tourists. Sonowal, who is also the MLA of Majuli, revealed that the State Government has announced a slew of schemes and projects for the development and protection of Majuli, and that work on several such schemes has already been launched.
The Chief Minister said the Government would ensure that the development benefits reach all the residents and added that the necessary infrastructure for the new district was being developed. ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha member Pradan Baruah were also present at the function.
Sonowal also visited No. 2 Sadar LP School at Garmur and attended the first day’s programme of Gunotsav in the school, which got under way in the river island along with 12 districts across the State.
The Chief Minister interacted with the students, many of whom presented handmade New Year’s greetings cards to him. Sonowal later flew to Charaideo Maidam in Charaideo district to attend the four-day Charaideo Festival being organised from today by the district administration in collaboration with local organisations as part of the Government’s plan to preserve historical monuments and cultural spots in the State.