GUWAHATI, Sept 6 � Work on the State Tourism Department�s proposed golf course at Chandrapur, on the outskirts of the city, is expected to start by the end of this year.
�Tourism Department sources said that the project will be carried out in the public private partnership (PPP) model and is expected to act as a catalyst to boost high-end golf tourism in Assam.
The Kamrup Metro district administration handed over 180 bighas 4 kathas�and 7 lessas�of land at Chandrapur Bagicha under Panbari Mouza to the Tourism Department for construction of the golf course.
�It will be a nine-hole course. Of the around 181�bighas�of total land, around 140�bighas�will be for the main golf course and the remaining land will be earmarked for other components like resorts, villas and convention centres so that tourists can have a wholesome experience,� said a senior Tourism Department official.
He said that despite Guwahati being the Gateway to the North East, there is presently only one golf course at Narengi which is operated by the Indian Army.
�The proposed golf course is an attempt to fill up that gap and provide an opportunity to the tourists, both high-end international and national visitors, to enjoy the diversified wonders of Assam. Besides, the place is very near to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and in the vicinity of the Brahmaputra. So packages could be offered involving visits to wildlife sanctuaries, golf games and also meetings and conferences at the convention centre,� said the official.
With the Tourism Department getting the land, the next step will involve preparing the detailed project report (DPR) and topographical survey to look at all aspects and finalise the project details.
�We expect by November to finish this part and then take up the actual work on the ground,� he added.