Built for enhancing the beauty of Dhaka University campus, the Doyel Chattar, an iconic architectural landmark made up of a pair of magpies, has long been in an unkempt state, turning into a shelter for vagabonds. However, after a long media campaign, the authorities concerned have eventually paid heed to its redecoration.
The renovated Doyel Chattar was inaugurated yesterday along with a sprinkling fountain near the historic Curzon Hall and Dhaka Gate on the university campus as part of a city beautification campaign.
Uttara Bank sponsored the facelift work of the sculpture while Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon inaugurated it.
The renovated sculpture is intended to offer an aesthetic beauty to the university students and passers-by, said Khokon.
Abu Sayeed M Ahmed, president of the Institute of Architects, Bangladesh, said the signs bearing the sponsor name all around a newly-added steel grille fence in a continuous fashion would spoil the intended aesthetic view of the structure.
The sculpture is made up of a pair of beautiful flying magpies, the national bird of Bangladesh, on a pedestal in the centre of a circle at the intersection and some ornamentation of traditional motifs on the circular concrete wall. The fountain is an addition to it.
The mayor said that they have always been relentless to provide the city dwellers with better civic amenities.
Arguing that what the professionals can do if the government and high-ups ignore their suggestions regarding the planned urban development, Khokon said, "Is there a single example that an expert resigned protesting the authorities' negligence or inattention to his or her suggestions?"