The destruction of historical sites due to lack of proper maintenance is nothing new in our country and today’s story is about such a site which had all the potential to draw tourists but has been losing its grandeur as no one is there to look after it.
Mazidpur Zamindar Bari (estate of the feudal lords during British period) is an estate comprised of some 200-year-old palaces with a picturesque landscape located in Comilla’s Titas upazila. According to the local residents, this can be a spectacular tourist spot, if maintained properly.
The Zamindar Bari is only 5km west of the Korikandi Bazar, which is about 10km north of the Gouripur Bus Stand on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway.
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Walls have been covered with moss and other small plants| Masud Alam/Dhaka Tribune
Visiting the estate, this correspondent has found that the palaces have almost turned into wreckages. Walls have been covered with moss and other small plants while the beautiful terracotta are still peeping from behind the thickets.
According to local and historical sources, some four of the 17 buildings have already been demolished. There is a lake and some 20 small and large ponds inside the estate premises.
Local powerful quarters have been occupying several palatial buildings for years as no heirs of its owners were found.
The Hindu landlords left the estate soon after the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
Sri Ramlochon Roy was the man who established the settlement in the early period of feudalism in the Indian Subcontinent.
Visiting the Zamindar Bari will take one to the past. One may get lost in the depleting building visualising their cheerful ambience in the past. It can be a great relief from the toils of daily life.
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Sri Ramlochon Roy was the man who established the settlement in the early period of feudalism in the Indian Subcontinent| Masud Alam/Dhaka Tribune
Local newsman Nazmul Karim Faruq told the Dhaka Tribune: “A number of people come here every day as there is no other tourist spot in the vicinity. With proper maintenance, it would be a more beautiful tourism spot than the Narayanganj’s Sonargaon.”
“It will eventually lead to the socio-economic development of locality,” he added.
A local resident Kamal Hossain said a number of vested quarters have grabbed several palaces by making fake documents. The truth will be unearthed if the administration digs into the matter.
Regional Director at the Department of Archaeology’s Comilla office Lovely Yesmin said she had visited the Zamindar Bari.
“Some parts of the estate have been grabbed and some have been abandoned. A report with the recommendations from local people will soon be sent to the Archaeological department, she said.”