A parliamentary watchdog on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to complete the ongoing construction work of the historic Independence Monument at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital in time.
The parliamentary standing committee on Liberation War Affairs also decided to visit the site on May 28 to inspect the progress of the ongoing construction work of the monument.According to work-order, the construction work is supposed to be completed by June this year.
Committee members, including Liberation War Affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Major (Rtd) Rafiqul Islam and Kazi Feroz Rashid attended the meeting with its chairman Shajahan Khan in the chair.
Under the project, the historic ‘7 March Speech’ of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s documentary heritage, the place where Pakistani occupation army surrendered and other historical events of Liberation War will be preserved.
After the meeting, Shajahan Khan told reporters that the committee asked the authorities concerned to complete the work of the Independence Monument in the stipulated time.
“Other directives will be given after our visit to the site,” he said.
Under the project, sculptures will be constructed at places where occupation Pakistani army surrendered to the joint force of Mukti Bahini and Indian Army.Swadhinata Stambha plaza will be renovated and podium of the public meeting, cafeteria, benches and a water reservoir will be constructed.
Besides, murals will be painted on the walls of ‘Shishu Park’ and 13 new rides will be installed in the park.
The government allocated Tk 265.44 crore for the third phase of the project.
Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Public Works Division and Dhaka South City Corporation will jointly implement the third phase construction work by June 2019.
In 1996, the then Awami League government decided to build a monument to restore the memories of the country’s Liberation War at historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
The foundation stone of the Swadhinata Stambha was laid in 1999. The construction of the project began in the same year. The construction was completed in two phases.
Under the first phase, the area allocated for the project was 24 acres and later the area was increased to 67 acres.
The project included a 100-meter long glass tower, an underground museum, mural works, amphitheater, a number of walkway, a water body and a very special ‘eternal flame’.
Under the first phase, the then Awami League government built the VIP and Service Blocks and most of the walkways, water body, mural works and development of south plaza and marble works.
Later in 2002, the then BNP government set aside the glass-tower terming it a very costly one.
After coming to power in 2009, Awami League initiated the second phase of the project and started construction of the glass-tower and the design was revised increasing the height to 150 feet.
On March 7, 2011, the government opened it for public.