Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday approved the design of the Master Plan of Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument, third phase), which is being set up in phases in the historic Suhrawardy Uddyan in Dhaka.
The PM gave the approval during a power-point presentation on the project at her official residence Ganobhaban.
PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the presentation.
The press secretary said the Chief Architect of Department of Architecture Qazi Golam Nasir and Deputy Chief Architect Asifur Rahman Bhuiyan made the presentation before the premier.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina watched the presentation and gave some necessary directives instantly.
The third phase of the project will aim to highlight two historic spots in Bangladesh’s history, one from where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his 7th March speech, and the other where the Pakistani forces officially surrendered, ending the Liberation War of 1971.
Both the spots are currently inside the Shishu Park premises and the new model will incorporate the children’s park along with the existing monument.
‘Shadhinota Stambha’ has been built under the supervision of the Liberation War Affairs Ministry.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh National Museum constructed the ‘Swadhinata Jadughar’ (Museum of Independence) under the project.
The Museum of Independence has a plaza of 5,669 sq miters surrounded by fountains.
The symbol of Bengali nationalism, the ‘Shikha Chirontoni’ has been erected alongside the museum with a mural of liberation war nearby.
A modern auditorium consisting of 155 seats has also been set up in the top part of the museum.
As for the Independence Monument, it is a glass tower which is 150-ft high and the spotlight from the foot of the gigantic monument can shoot up 5km in the sky.
The features of the Museum of Independence include a compiled projection of Bengali history on 144 panels, recreation of Pakistani military’s surrender, light and sound shows to deliver a more realistic presentation of Liberation War and massacre of 1971, regular display of Liberation War films.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haq and Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor attended the meeting.
PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Works Secretary Shahidullah Khandakar and Liberation War Affairs Secretary Aporup Chowdhury were, among others, present.