GUWAHATI, Dec 25 - Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a threeday visit to the North East, will lay foundation stones of a number of ambitious projects from Amingaon on Saturday, including one for the development of the Batadrava Than at Bardowa. The Home Minister was expected to arrive in Guwahati on Friday night. Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the Batadrava Than will be developed into a vibrant cultural
and tourism destination on the lines of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, for which the State government will spend Rs 186 crore. Four-laning of the road connecting Nagaon with Batadrava with an estimated outlay of Rs 223 crore has also been approved. Shah will also lay the foundation of a new medical college in Guwahati being billed as the country�s biggest medical college and hospital.
�Both the Kalapahar COVID hospital and the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital will be merged and turned into the country�s biggest medical college and hospital,� Sarma said, adding, �While the Kalapahar set-up will have a 500-bed facility, the MMCH will be dedicated to superspecialty treatment. The estimated cost of the entire project has been put at Rs 860 crore.� In addition to this, three flyovers would be constructed to minimise travel time to the hospital, Sarma said.
Further, the Union Home Minister will also lay the foundation stones of nine law colleges located at different places in the State. Shah will also ceremoniously distribute a financial grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to 8,000 naamghars in the State under the Assam Darshan programme.
On Saturday evening, Shah is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and discuss law and order issues. On December 27, Shah will visit the revered Kamakhya Temple and subsequently fly to Imphal, where he will lay the foundation stones of the Churachandpur Medical College and hospital, the State Government Guest House at Imphal, the Manipur Bhawan at Dwarka in New Delhi, the IIT at Muongkhong, the Manipur Police headquarters at Imphal, and the Integrated Command and Control Centre.