The construction of a magnificent complex is going on in full swing at Shilaidaha Kuthibari, Rabindranath Tagore’s country house that holds numerous memories of the celebrated poet.
Deputy Commissioner of the didtrict Aslam Hossain says he is happy with the pace of work. “Everyone’s saying that the work’s quality is very good. At the current pace, I hope it’ll be complete within the next year,” he says.The Public Works Department is constructing the complex with India’s funding at the site, located some 20 kilometres off Kushtia town.
Architect Robiul Husain designed the complex being built on a six-acre plot in front of the mansion where Tagore spent many days in scenic surroundings.
Even though it is a popular tourist attraction, lack of facilities and hassle drove away the visitors.
During his 2013 visit, former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee promised to fund the refurbishment work and the complex’s construction.
The local administration then recovered six acres of land from illegal occupation in front of the cottage for constructing the new complex.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone in 2015.The complex has a stage bearing Greek pattern, an amphitheatre, a two-storey cafeteria, a library-cum-documentation centre, a two-storey guesthouse, and a security shed. There is a ticket counter at the main entrance.
“Sixty percent work is done,” said Mokhlesur Rahman, custodian of Shilaidaha Kuthibari. “We hope it’ll be complete within 2020.”