The renovation work in Tungipara, Gopalganj is already under way as part of the grand scale of projects to observe Mujib Year 2020
The ancestral home of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman—where Bangabandhu spent his childhood—is on its way to being restored to its former state through the efforts of the Department of Archaeology.
The renovation work in Tungipara, Gopalganj is already under way as part of the grand scale of projects to observe Mujib Year 2020.
The Department of Archaeology took up the renovation work almost a month ago. Since then, the old plasters have been scraped off and new plasters in line with the old design are being put in place.
The department’s Deputy Director Md Amiruzzaman and Assistant Engineer Feroz Ahmed are supervising the project.
Engineer Feroz Ahmed told Dhaka Tribune that the house was once earlier renovated eight years ago. But following the renovation, the re-designing did not quite reflect the original designs. As such, recommendations were made from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to the Department of Archaeology under the Cultural Affairs Ministry for a fresh approach to the matter.
Engineers from the department were once again sent to the site with old pictures depicting the old construction design of the house. Later, they managed to put together multiple blueprints, from which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved one design.
“Accordingly, a model of the house is being constructed, which once again will be presented before the prime minister. Once she approves the model, renovation work can begin in earnest,” said the engineer.
Sheikh Borhan Uddin, of the Sheikh family in Tungipara, said: “Almost 300 years ago, Bangabandhu’s ancestor Zamindar Sheikh Kudrotullah built the house here based on the modern architecture of that period. Soon after it was built, the house became a unique piece of architecture in the area and locals were fascinated by its construction style.
“Till now, people from home and abroad come to see the ancestral home of the Sheikh family of Tungipara village. They come and look around the house to learn about its history and tradition. The house would be spectacular to look at when it returns to its old glory.”