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Guwahati city getting a facelift for Indo-Japan Summit

 CITY CORRESPONDENT

GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - A replica of a model village of Assam will be built at Lachit Ghat along the River Brahmaputra in Machkhowa area as part of the Guwahati city beautification plan for the upcoming Indo-Japan Summit on December 15-16 to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

The Public Works Department is working on a war-footing to turn the riverfront into a model village which will reflect the rural culture of Assam. The department has engaged noted artiste Nuruddin Ahmed, famous for his creative art forms, for the job.

Work on the model village started on Thursday and is likely to be completed before December 14.

Altogether 55 workers are working overtime to complete the task within the stipulated time.

Nuruddin Ahmed said, “It will showcase the lifestyle of Assamese society. Apart from the house of Assamese society, the model village will also have houses of Mising, Karbi, Tiwa, Bodo, Dimasa and Rabha communities to show unity among all communities of the State. We are using natural items to prepare the replica of the model village. It will also have a naamghar, gohali ghar, meji and other objects. Four replicas of the one-horned rhino will also be set up near the village.”

He further said, “The model village replica will cover an area 120 metres long and 20 metres wide.”

He further said that a naamghar and a tea garden will also be built on two separate vessels on the Brahmaputra here. Visitors will be shown Sattriya dance, Ojapali and Jhumur dance during their cruise on the Brahmaputra. An artificial tree 40 feet high, is also being raised beneath which Gos Bihu will be performed.

Sources in the PWD said, “Modi and Abey are expected to take a cruise on the Brahmaputra from where they will experience the rich culture of Assam.”

Trade hub Fancy Bazar, Panbazar, Ambari and several other prime locations of the city are also receiving a fresh coat of paint before the foreign delegates arrive.

Today, PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with the Commissioner of Transport and other officials visited the site on the bank of the Brahmaputra and inspected the preparations for the occasion. He also inspected the Jalukbari flyover and nearby areas to ensure cleanliness and beautification drives. He directed the authorities to ensure error-free preparations.

Source: The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Sunday, December 8, 2019