PRANJAL BHUYAN GUWAHATI, Oct 12 – The Kamrup Metro district administration, along with the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the State Archaeology Department, has taken up an ambitious project for the conservation and restoration of the historic Northbrook Gate here.
The pathetic condition of the Northbrook Gate interiors. - File photo
Work on restoration of the landmark, also known as the Gateway of Assam, will begin from November 1 and is to be completed by March 2015.
“The district administration will coordinate the project which is aimed at conservation and restoration of the famous British-era landmark. It has to be preserved at any cost for the posterity,” Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, told The Assam Tribune.
The Archaeology Department will prepare the plan estimate and other related works regarding the conservation and restoration of the heritage gate, which is in a poor state now, within October and work of restoration will start from November 1.
The Managing Director of ATDC will be in touch with the headquarters of INTACH in New Delhi and also with its Guwahati chapter and has been tasked to expedite the process of preparing the specifications and technicalities associated with the work of restoration.
Technical support for the project will be provided by the Guwahati chapter of INTACH and the Directorate of Archaeology, ASI and INTACH will work together on the project to restore the famed structure, built on the banks of the Brahmaputra near Sukreswar Ghat to mark the arrival of Thomas George Baring, the then Viceroy of India, to Guwahati in 1874.
Baring, also called First Earl of Northbrook, was the Viceroy between 1872 and 1876.
Funds with Director Tourism will to be placed at the disposal of ATDC Managing Director who will be releasing it to the Archaeology Department as per requirement.
The Archaeology Department will take up work to ensure that there is night lighting in the area and will also put up a cultural notice board, besides giving a list of Do’s and Don’ts' to the ATDC for it to comply during the restoration process.