GUWAHATI, Feb 26 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today formally laid the foundation of the bronze statue of the legendary general, Lachit Barphukan, to be erected in the middle of the Brahmaputra near Machkhowa.
In his speech, the Chief Minister recalled the heroics of Lachit who handed down the invading Mughals a crushing defeat in the decisive battle of Saraighat in 1671. He called upon the young generation to imbibe the qualities of the great Ahom general and strive for making a strong and prosperous Assam.
�The exploits of Lachit Barphukan has few parallels in history, and he has been an inspiration for every Assamese down the ages,� Gogoi said.
Noted sculptor Biren Singha has been entrusted with the job of making the statue which would come up at a distance of 120 metres into the river from the bank. The statue will be over 30 feet in height with about 17 feet remaining above water. The statue is expected to be erected within two years. Together with Lachit, statues of his close aide Bagh Hazarika and a few soldiers besides three bortoops will also be there.
State Tourism Minister Rockybul Hussain, while addressing the function gave an account of the initiatives taken by the State Government towards promoting tourism. He said that a Rs 39-crore project would soon be implemented for setting up roadside tourist centres across the State.
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) will be implementing the project in association with the PWD.