Assam, Dec 25: A day before the 97th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Assam government on Friday dedicated a newly constructed park Atal Udyan in Guwahati in the memory of modern India’s tallest leader.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated Atal Udyan on Friday evening, set up by Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) at Adabari area in the capital city of Assam and the park, built at a cost of Rs 8.74 crore, covers an area of 8 bighas of land.
The park includes an amphitheatre with a capacity of 250 audiences, a meditation hall, an open-air gym, children’s playing equipment, mural artwork with dais etc, and the park is dedicated in memory of former Prime Minister ‘Bharat Ratna’ Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said this park has been completed within 7 months by the government and the setting up of another such park at Hengrabari would also be completed soon, while the botanical garden at Fancy Bazaar old jail campus will be opened by 2023.
“The state government has been constantly striving towards developing open spaces to turn Guwahati into a modern city with lots of greenery and recreational avenues and with these parks, Guwahati will have five big parks. We are also in the process of shifting all government offices to an Integrated Directorate Complex at Lakhra in the city and setting up parks in those vacated office premises,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The Assam Chief Minister added that massive infrastructure projects are in the pipeline for the city as all ongoing flyover projects in Guwahati will be completed before schedule.
“Guwahati-North Guwahati bridge will be completed by 2023 while a ring road project is being envisaged around Guwahati with bridges connecting Palasbari-North Guwahati and Kurua-Narengi coming up,” Sarma said.
The Assam Chief Minister also handed over cheques of financial assistance to 15 management committees of parks in Guwahati for the programme.
State Urban Development Department Minister Ashok Singhal, MP, Queen Oja and GMDA Chairman Narayan Deka were also present at the occasion, among others.