Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday directed the Liberation War Affairs Ministry for quick implementation of its four important projects including Swadhinota Stambha Construction (3rd Phase) Project at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
“I want these (the projects) to be implemented soon,” she said, witnessing a power-point presentation over the four projects at the Prime Minister’s Office in the city.
The three other projects are – House Construction Project for Insolvent Freedom Fighters, Mujibnagar Independence War Memorial Complex Construction Project and 360 Degree Panorama for Bangladesh Project.
“Measures will have to be taken for proper maintenance of these (the memorial structures to be constructed under the projects),” the Prime Minister said.
Under Swadhinota Stambha Construction (3rd Phase) Project, the 7th March Speech Memorials and 16th December Surrender Memorial will be constructed at historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
Two sculptures – an 18-feet sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and another over the scenario of the surrender of Pakistani soldiers - will be installed at the two memorials.
The implementation of the project involving Tk 265.44 crore started in January 2018 and its implementation progress is 30 percent.
Under the Housing Construction Project for Insolvent Freedom Fighters, 14,000 one-storey homes will be provided to insolvent freedom fighters as gifts from the Prime Minister ahead of the celebration of birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020.
Each 900-square feet house titled ‘Bir Nibash’ will be constructed on four decimals of land at a cost of Tk 15.75 lakh.
The housing construction project will be implemented at the total estimated cost of Tk 2,253 crore.
Mujibnagar Independence War Memorial Complex Construction Project will be implemented at the historic Mujibnagar in Meherpur with a view to spreading knowledge about the Liberation War.
The existing memorial complex is now situated on 81.76 acres of land, but acquisition of additional 49.27 acres of land will be required for the construction the newly designed memorial complex there.
The Liberation War Affairs Ministry will implement a project for construction of panorama for Bangladesh for raising the scenario of the Liberation War before the people, but the site for the project has yet to be finalised.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, PM’s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, PM’s Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (rtd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, former Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Chief Architect of the Department of Architecture ASM Aminur Rahman were present at the function.
Eminent painter Hashem Khan and Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University Prof Nisar Hossain, who are involved in the first project, were also present, while Liberation War Affairs Secretary In-Charge SM Arifur Rahaman made the presentation over the projects.