Proposal placed in Cabinet to preserve Bangabandhu’s ancestral home

Architect Abu Sayeed M Ahmed presented the restoration proposal on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday. 
The structure that has been around for more than a century had been renovated several times and also when Bangabandhu was alive, said Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor.  

“It is a part of our heritage. It was again renovated five to six years ago without the knowledge of the prime minister. 

“It had not followed the restoration process. They used plaster and paint in places which once had limestone,” he said.   

“An old structure like that needs strengthening but its essence must remain intact.” 

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who would later emerge as the Father of the Nation, was born in Tungiparha, 19 kilometres from Gopalganj Sadar, on Mar 17, 1920. 

On Aug 15, 1975, just a few years after he had spearheaded Bangladesh’s liberation from Pakistan, the Bangabandhu was murdered along with most of his family members in a coup by a group of disgruntled army officers at his home in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi.  

He is buried next to his parents at Tungiparha.