GUWAHATI, Nov 9 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday last laid the foundation of the Rs 35-crore Central Library, Archive cum Auditorium at Amingaon.
The event was attended by Ajanta Neog, Guwahati Development Department Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, MLA of Jalukbari, along with senior State government bureaucrats.
After laying the foundation, the Chief Minister addressed a gathering at a function organized by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).�
Gogoi said that it will be the biggest library and archive in the State and added that once completed the project would be named after Lakshminath Bezbaroa, pioneer of the modern Assamese literature.
The Central Library, Archive cum Auditorium has been conceptualized to meet the present demand of the people of Assam.
It will be focused on providing modern infrastructure to cope up with the increased population of students, professionals, service holders and the book lovers to get hold of their desired books, which may not be available in the market.
It will also have facilities for holding seminars and interactive sessions, exhibitions and provisions for launch of new release of books.
The project was conceptualized in three folds including a Central Library, an Archive for preservation, along with a Conference Hall and an Auditorium.
The Government of Assam has allotted 16 bighas of land for the project at Amingaon, North Guwahati, adjacent to the Kamrup Deputy Commissioner�s office.
The project was approved by Central government and a fund of Rs 35 crore has been provided in the financial year 2013-14.
The Central Library will have capacity for around 250 book lovers for reading. The Conference Hall is designed for 200 persons. There will be an archive and sufficient space for stacking of books.
The auditorium will have capacity for 800 persons, with separate waiting lounge for VIPs.
The entire building will be fully air-conditioned and efforts have been made to incorporate the green building concept.
The project has been awarded to M/s Brahmaputra Infrastructure Ltd, Guwahati, on turnkey design and construction basis.