Symbol of a lost tradition

Rajib Kanti Roy

1st November, 2020 10:46:38 printer

Symbol of a lost tradition

With the windows of red roller blinds and a transparent glass wall on the outside, the superdome roof on the top and a black bill-shaped letter drop slot at the eleventh floor, the red building for postal division exactly looks like a letter box.

The first impression of watching it will make everyone bound to say ‘what an amazing architecture!’

The newly built Dak Bhaban is an iconic thematic building of the headquarters of Bangladesh Postal Division which is situated at E/13/A, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

Built in 1963, the three-storey building of the General Post Office (GPO) at Gulistan was struggling to accommodate its 1,852 officials and employees.

Therefore, the initiative of constructing a new complex for postal division was taken in 2015 with an estimated construction cost of Tk91.9 crore.

Architect Kaushik Biswas designed the building while consultancy firm Shahidullah and Associates made the blueprints and Kusholi Nirmata Limited completed the construction.

The fourteen-storey new building is now ready to be launched officially.

Late sculptor Mrinal Haque enriched it by creating an artificial fountain and 12 murals of commemorative stamps portraying Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, seven Birshreshthas and the Liberation War of 1971.

The 0.75-acre Dak Bhaban complex has a 200-seat hall room and a cafeteria on the ground and first floor while there is a library and a postal museum on the second floor.

The remaining 11 floors are allocated for the directorate general, directors and their staff. Mobile banking services, call centers and central servers will be housed on the 13th floor.

The slow-footed postal service is finding it difficult to survive competing with electronic mailing.

Official data shows that the government’s post office system is dwindling. The government’s revenue earning is reducing while the expenditure is increasing.

Now, the question is whether the new red skyscraper will help the postal division adapt to modern postal facilities and bring dynamism to its services.