Saturday, 2 July, 2022
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Let not heritage sites be lost

Let not heritage sites be lost

Our heritage is what we have inherited from our ancestors. We need to value and enjoy them at present, and to preserve and pass on to the future generations. In helping shape our identity, our heritage is part of what we are. According to the UNESCO, our cultural and natural heritage is an irreplaceable source of life and inspiration. It is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our capital Dhaka is a city marked by the country's rich cultural, religious and social history. Exploring the streets of this thriving megacity offers a fascinating insight into the rich panorama of our culture and history.

Regrettably, the heritage sites in the capital and other parts of the country are disappearing fast for the indifference of the authorities concerned. It is indeed a shame for the entire nation. However, we have come to know from a report of this newspaper that the World Bank country director visited two old buildings with architectural beauty and historic significance at Farashganj in Old Dhaka.  The buildings are Northbrook Hall, a public hall and Johnson Hall, a library which was built in 1880 by old Zamindars of that time on the bank of the Buriganga River. He was thrilled to see the  buildings that are still standing high. He has stated that these sites are a blessing for Dhaka. He suggested for conserving the heritage sites for the generations to come. He deserves our thanks.

Anyway, the city authorities have announced a plan to preserve Lalkuthi and Dhaka Gate, two edifices of historical importance of the city. Remembering the old proverb "Better late than never," we hail the decision of the DSCC mayor urging him to make a complete list of the heritage sites. The effort to preserve important sites of national and cultural heritage has been a priority for developed nations. All-out steps should be taken to preserve the national pride.