Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday visited the site of ongoing riverfront beautification process (undertaken on the bank of mighty Brahmaputra river) near Kachari locality and took stock of the progress of works in and around the old Kamrup (metro) district magistrate’s office premises and nearby areas.

Sarma directed the concerned authorities to complete the entire process within the stipulated time period. The riverfront beautification project is expected to act as a huge boost in attracting domestic and foreign tourists to the pre-historic city. He was accompanied by State minister Ashok Singhal, education advisor to Assam government Noni Gopal Mahanta, Kamrup (m) deputy commissioner Pallab Gopal Jha and other senior officials.

Later, he also paid a visit to Changsari higher secondary school and Changsari vidyapeeth in Kamrup district to take stock of the condition of infrastructure like class rooms, boundary walls, toilets, etc of both the educational institutions. Sarma stated that there are plans in place to transform one of these two institutions into a model higher secondary school.

Rain in Deepawali: On the evening of Deepawali (Diwali/Dewali, the festival of light), this year many parts of Assam including the capital city experienced unusual rains. The entire region witnessed cloudy weather since Sunday because of the cyclonic storm titled Sitrang, developed in the Bay of Bengal. Various localities of Barak valley however experienced showers since the morning hours.

India Meteorological Department in a statement stated that heavy rainfall in several districts of Assam were expected during the festival. Deepawali is the brightest festival for Hindus, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius, etc.