A government move is underway to develop the Old Central Jail and the surrounding areas into recreation facilities for the Old Town.
Prison directorate officials told New Age that some of the cells in the Old Central Jail bearing memories of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and in which four national leaders were slain in November 1975 would be preserved without any changes.
The prison directorate would select architectural design for the development of the Old Central Jail through competition.
The government calls the project: Historic Preservation and Landscape Design of the Old Dhaka Central Jail and Redevelopment of the Surrounding Area.
Officials said that the prison directorate would hold the competition with support from the Institute of Architects Bangladesh and Bangladesh Institute of Planners to select the landscape design and the consultants.
The 1st prize for the competition is Tk seven lakh, the 2nd prize: Tk five lakh while the 3rd prize is Tk three lakh, according to a notice published in the dailies on June 21.
The selected consultancy firm would be invited to prepare the project’s master plan with the architectural, landscape and engineering design, said the notice.
The eligible firms were requested to collect registration forms from today and submit their design by October 5.
The Dhaka Central Jail was shifted from Nazimuddin Road to Keraniganj on July 30, 2016.
The 23.64- acre Old Central Jail was located at a vantage point between the Old Town of Dhaka and the new city.
In its detailed area plan, better known as DAP, Rajuk recommended for suitably developing the Old Central Jail with open space.
BIP general secretary Akhter Mahmud told New Age Friday that the government would redevelop the Old Central Jail as the capital’s breather.
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