19 feet high bronze sculpture of Bangabandhu to be built in Suhrawardy Udyan
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, July 12: Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital was known as Racecourse Maidan in 1971. Before the war of liberation started, millions of Bengalis gathered on this ground on March 7. Bangabandhu addressed the crowd. A bronze sculpture of Bangabandhu will be erected at the place of that historic speech bearing that memory. The height of this sculpture will be 19 feet 6 inches and the altar will be 6 feet 9 inches.
In addition to that historic rally on March 7 at Suhrawardy Udyan, another memorable event took place. After losing to the brave Bengalis in the war of liberation, on December 16, 1971, the Pakistani aggressors surrendered at the then Racecourse Ground. There will also be a bronze sculpture of that moment at the place of their surrender. The height of this sculpture will be 15 feet and the altar will be 8 feet.
For this, a project titled 'Construction of Independence Pillar (Third Phase) at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka' has been undertaken. Under this project of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, various infrastructures including those two sculptures will be constructed. The two sculptures have become designs. Work will start as soon as the revised project is finally approved.
According to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, of the total approved estimated expenditure Tk 265 crore 44 lakh for the project 'Construction of Independence Pillar at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka (Phase 3)', Tk 115 crore 96 lakh has been spent till May, 2022.
In the fiscal year 2021-22, Tk 36 crore 50 lakh has been allocated for this project and Tk 32 crore 41 lakh has been spent till May, 2022. Construction of other infrastructures is underway under the project. The infrastructure includes underground parking with a capacity of 500 cars, roof casting of which has been completed, construction of entry and exit loop is in progress, physical progress is 96 percent.