360 sites related to independence war to be protected

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 16,2019


The government has initiated two interconnected projects to renovate 360 sites across the country related to the war of independence.

Memorials or war museums will be developed in those sites, liberation war affairs minister AKM Muzameel Huq on Monday told the deputy commissioners during a working session at their ongoing annual conference at the secretariat.

In response to Barishal DC SM Ajiur Rahman’s query, the minister said that the ministry had already assigned local government and engineering department for two projects for developing the war museums after preparing the sites.

‘Till June 2019, 28 memorials have been constructed and development works for other 113 memorials were under process,’ the minister said, adding that a tender was called for the construction of 11 memorials and museums.

‘The government was now facing land related disputes regarding 34 sites,’ Muzammel said.

Mujibnagar Liberation War Memorial Centre in Meherpur would be developed as a tourist spot, the minister said.

‘The design of the project has already been finalised,’ he said. Muzammel also said that the government would develop a war museum at the Kalur Ghat radio station in Chattogram.

He also said that 342 structures related to the war would also be renovated.

The minister also spoke on different welfare projects for the freedom fighters, including the one to provide funds for free treatment of the freedom fighters and the construction of 15,00,000 houses to the destitute freedom fighters.

‘The houses will be handed over to the freedom fighters next year when the nation will be celebrating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman’s birth centenary,’ Muzammel said.

The government would develop tombs of the freedom fighters built according to the same design, he said.

He also requested the DCs to help the government to finalise the list of the freedom fighters at the earliest.

The five-day conference of the deputy commissioners began in the capital on Sunday. 

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