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12:00 AM, February 23, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:43 AM, February 23, 2021

History and nature blend at transformed Laldighi Maidan

The renovation work of historic Laldighi Maidan is going on in full swing with 95 percent of the work already completed.

The renovation project is themed after the historic movements of the country including anti-British movement, language movement, six-point movement, mass uprising of 1969 and the Liberation War of 1971, said sources in the project.

The Education Engineering Department (EED) has been implementing the Tk four crore project that began in February last year.

Although the ground is known as Laldighi Maidan, it is officially the field of Government Muslim High School, Chattogram.  

Meanwhile, city dwellers expressed their satisfaction as the government has initiaited the project to renovate the historic ground, which was left as a rent-a-car stand for years.

"Laldighi Maidan is a historic ground. Many rallies during the freedom struggle  of the country were held in this ground," said 70-year-old local Abdul Hamid, "The ground bears the memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who addressed rallies here."

The ground was as good as abandoned earlier and there was some crime in the area as well, said another local Dipak Nandi. "Now that a boundary has been built surrounding it, it will be safer," he said.

On the spot yesterday, it was seen that some workers were busy planting grass on the field.

To commemorate the declaration of six-point demand by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a stage named "Choy Dofa Moncho" has been built on the grounds.

Besides, a total of 18 terracotta artworks depicting the history of Bangladesh has been installed. They include portraits of Masterda Surja Sen, Preetilata Waddedar, Kalpona Dutta. There is an artistic depiction of a father-daughter moment between Bangabandhu and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina alongside significant moments of Bangladesh's history.

Besides, sitting arrangement, walkway and a park zone for children will enrich the ground as a place of recreation.  

Contacted, Dilder Hossain, sub-assistant engineer of EED, Chattogram, said around 95 percent of the work has been completed. "We are now giving the final touch and waiting for the inauguration," he said.

Dilder said 36, 10-feet long benches have been set up on the ground and a 368-metre walkway has been built.

Jalal Uddin Chowdhury, executive engineer of EED, Chattogram, said the main attraction of the ground is the "Choy Dofa Moncho".

The length of the stage is 50 feet and width is 25 feet, he said. Rallies can be held on the ground and the stage can be used by speakers.

Besides, two eye-catching entry gates have been built, he said.

Jalal said they expected the prime minister to inaugurate the ground with its new look in the next month.

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