Guwahati decks up for historic Modi-Abe summit


Guwahati: A fresh coat of paint on road dividers and pavement railings, trees trimmed to look smart and everything that looks unfashionable along the busy GS Road in Guwahati removed. Yes, Guwahati is getting all decked for a historic occasion; to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe who will be in the city for the Indo-Japan annual summit on Dec 15.

Three Government departments — the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDC) — are working in tandem to ensure Guwahati gets a facelift befitting the to-be-a-Smart-City tag.

Roads have been repaired and polished; streetlights too have got a colorful look, ornamental plants put up and garbage cleaned as per the massive clean-up and beautification drive.

The statue of Lachit Borphukan installed in the middle of the Brahmaputra, too, has got a fresh look.

Meanwhile, the boundary walls of the Taj Vivanta hotel where the Japanese Prime Minister will spend the night on Dec 15 has also been beautifully painted under the initiative of the Guwahati Smart City Limited on Indo-Japan themes.

Other places in Guwahati, including the Machkhowa foot bridge, the boundary walls of the Sukreswar Temple and the Chief Minister’s oficial residence have also been included in the beautification drive.

The Brahmaputra riverfront has also good a facelift with PM Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scheduled to go on a cruise on the river.