The historic Panam City at Sonargaon in Narayanganj will be extensively restored and made tourist-friendly for visitors under a detailed plan by archaeology department.
Fifty-two old buildings of the centuries-old city will be restored under the project. Moreover, food-courts, hotels and parking zones for tourists will be set up near the city, said officials of the archaeology department.
Panam City, known for its many centuries-old buildings, is situated at Sonargaon of Narayanganj district around 40 kilometres from the capital Dhaka. Panam city was the most important trading centre of cotton fabrics during the British period. The city now has fifty-two old buildings, most of which are in need of immediate restoration.
Korean company Youngone Corporation will fund the restoration project of Panam City. Youngone has earlier funded and supervised restoration of Bara Sardar Bari, which is located inside Bangladesh Folk Art and Craft Foundation, beside the Panam City.
‘We have finalised talks with Youngone Corporation which will do the restoration work, while the archaeology department will oversee the project’, Altaf Hossain, director general of archaeology department, told New Age.
‘After witnessing the restoration works in Bara Sardar Bari we were convinced about Youngone Corporation’s capacity in restoring old historic buildings,’ added Hossain.
The Panam City restoration project will take five years. The whole project will be completed in different phases so that the work does not hinder tourists from visiting the city, one of most-visited archaeological sites in the country.
‘We are also planning of establishing a training institute beside Panam City where locals will be trained on archaeological restoration and documentation by foreign and local experts’, said Hossain, who hopes that the trained local manpower will be used in future restoration projects.
‘The restoration work will begin soon’, he added.
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