Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dispur selects design firm - Bhupen Hazarika memorial project on track

Guwahati, Aug. 28: Dispur has finally selected a local architectural firm for designing the Rs 10-crore Bhupen Hazarika Memorial after a delay of six months.  
Sources in the Assam culture department today told The Telegraph that it had floated national tenders in March to engage a design consultant for the project but had to extend it thrice owing to a lack of response.  
The “high and sensitive” profile of the project possibly intimidated the prospective firms. 
The department finally selected Gautam Baruah and Associates, an architectural firm, for the project. 
“There was a delay of about six months during the process for selection of the design consultant. We had to extend the tender period thrice as firms did not come forward. It may be because firms were worried about the sensitivity of the project. Many did not come forward because any mistake in the project may attract public criticism and eventually affect their business,” a source said. 
After Hazarika was cremated on the Gauhati University campus at Jalukbari in November 2011, Dispur had announced that it would develop the plot into a Rajghat-like memorial.
An estimated three-bigha (43,200 square feet) area has been earmarked for the Rs 10-crore memorial, of which Rs 4 crore has already been sanctioned.
Click here to read the full story The Telegraph , 29 Aug 2013