GUWAHATI, April 19 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today underscored the need to develop Batadrava, the birth place of Srimanta Sankaradeva, as an ideal place of religious and cultural tourism and he asked the office bearers of the Batadrava Than to earmark the boundary of the Than and construct boundary walls.
Chairing a meeting of the office bearers of the committee of Batadrava Than in the conference room of the chief minister in Janata Bhawan today, Sonowal said that the birth place of the Gurujona will be developed and placed at the national and international tourist circuit. He also asked the committee to prepare a blueprint and get it approved by an architect of international repute.
Referring to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, Sonowal said that architectural beauty has made Golden Temple an attractive tourist destination. Similarly, a well thought-out design and architecture is the need of the hour to make Batadrava Than a must-visit tourist destination. The government will provide funds for the same as the state government will get in touch with the Cultural Affairs Ministry of the central government. He also said that funds will never be any constraint for developing Batadrava Than as an important tourist destination.
Sonowal also directed the Cultural Affairs department and the Nagaon district administration to initiate arrangements for celebrating the birth anniversary of Late Gopinath Bardoloi at the Gopinath Bardoloi Memorial Museum at Raha. He also said that adequate steps will also be taken to modernise the museum. He also asked the PWD (R) to broaden the road that leads to Batadrava and said that the road will be converted into a national highway.
Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, MLAs from Batadrava, Dhing, Nagaon and Raha, Satradhikar of Salguri and Batadrava Satra, office bearers of Batadrava Than Committee and senior officers of the State Government were present at the meeting.