The historic Shilaidah Kuthibari in Kustia, known as the country house of the Tagore family where Rabindranath Tagore often spent time, will be turned into a major tourist attraction of the country.
To facilitate tourism, exclusive tourist facilities including guest house, amphitheater, hotel, restaurants, library and research centre, parking lot, public toilets and others, will be set up on a six-acre plot adjacent to the compound.
Shilaidah Kuthibari, also known as the Shilaidah Thakurbari in Kushtia, was built by the Tagore family.
Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore visited Shilaidah Kuthibari a few times between the years 1890 and 1901, during which Tagore wrote many of his popular literary works.
The development work of tourist facilities near Kuthibari would be financed under a grant of Tk 18 crore by the Indian government.
Indian president Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Shilaidah back in 2013 promised a grant, which Indian prime minister Narendra Modi allocated in 2015.
The tourist facilities in Shilaidah will be set up according to the designs of architect Rabiul Hussain. ‘I have designed the project in a way so that it does not hamper the scenic beauty of the Kuthibari. No building which is above two-storey in height would be built adjacent to the compound’, Rabiul Hussain told New Age.
As the Kuthibari is a recognised archaeological site, the department of archaeology of the Bangladesh government is overseeing the development works, while public works department will construct the facilities and the buildings.
‘We are very careful about not harming the look of Shilaidah Kuthibari site. The project when completed will facilitate tourists, researchers and artistes, who wish to visit, conduct research and organise programmes at the Kuthibari’, Altaf Hossain, director general of archaeology department, told New Age.
The construction works will begin soon, he added.
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