Tourism minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma’s plan to convert a stretch of MG road from Sukleshwar Temple till Bharalumukh turned out to be a resounding success as thousands of Guwahatians today afternoon enjoyed a pleasant walk along the Mahatma Gandhi road and along the banks of Brahmaputra River as the road stretch was converted to a walking zone on an experimental basis.
Give the positive reception among the public, this initiative might also serve as a big boost to tourism in the state.
It has been initiated at the instance of Assam’s tourism and Guwahati Development Department minister Dr Himanta Bishwa Sarma.
“Very good response today as thousands throng on this otherwise busy Guwahati road, to enjoy the sight of the river front of Brahmaputra,” Dr Sarma tweeted.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) October 22, 2017
People from all walks of life and age groups were seen jovially walking along the road stretch to enjoy the magnificence of Brahmaputra River front sans any worry of being knocked down by speeding vehicle.
The otherwise very busy road stretch was converted to a walking zone for the first time as part of an experiment which intends to make the road stretch a walking zone on every Sundays and other holidays for the benefit of people who want to enjoy a pleasant afternoon walk along the river front.
The success of the experiment will lead to making the road stretch a walking zone in the afternoon of every Sundays and other state holidays. Vehicular traffic along the road stretch was diverted through Hem Baruah Road and AT Road.