Desk : A complex of a very magnificent design is going to be built at Shilaidaha Kuthibari, the country house of Rabindranath Tagore, which inextricably holds the memory of the Nobel Laureate Poet, reports the UNB.
One of the recreational sites in the itinerary of Tagore enthusiasts, situated in Kumarkhali upazila, some 20 kilometers away from Kushtia town, the terraced bungalow of the great poet is going to have the splendid complex at an expenditure of Tk13 crore funded by the Indian government.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee after taking notice of different aspects of the Kuthibari during his last visit arranged the fund allocation.
Noted architect Robiul Husain has prepared the design of the complex to be built on six acres of land in front of the historical mansion.
Tagore had spent many of his precious moments in the serene surroundings of greenery here.
It is in the pleasantly calm ambiance of the cottage that the great poet composed his celebrated work “The Geetanjali”, which fetched him the noble prize as well as the universal reputation.
For all these reasons, Shilaidaha Kuthibari is great importance to the local and foreign Tagore enthusiasts.
But the historic place is set to lose its grandeur with want of some basic amenities and fail to woo visitors eventually.
The visitors have to face hassles for unavailability of food, unhygienic sanitation, inadequate security and unplanned rest house above all.
Consequently, the tourist attraction seems to be on the wane.
Taking all the circumstances in his notice the Indian president gave the allocation of the fund of Tk13 crore for refurbishment
of the recreational spot with setting up the new complex.
Following the India government’s gesture, the local administration recovered six acres of land that had been under illegal occupation in front of the cottage for construction of the new complex.
Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the plaque for construction of the building.
The complex will have a spectacular theater of Greek pattern, an MP theater, an impressive two-storey cafeteria set-up, a library-cum-documentation center, a two-storey ultramodern guesthouse, and a security shed.
There will be a ticket counter with a modern gate designed like that of the cottage at the main entrance.
Cultural activists and visitors think that once the project is implemented as designed it will enrich the cottage.
Mokhlesur Rahman, custodian of Shilaidaha Kuthibari, said the Ministry of Housing and Public Works is implementing the project work which is expected to be completed immediately.
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