Rajshahi’s traditional Sonadighi is going to regain lost glory

News Desk:

With initiative and direction of city Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, the
historical pond will get a bright and modern shape as the need-based
infrastructural development works are going on in full swing at present.

Side by side with renovation works of the pond and reshuffle of its water,
walkway, mosque, open stage and information and communication technology
library will be constructed centering the pond. After completion of the work,
the public in general will be able to see the pond from at least three
directions.

Just adjacent to the pond, a 16-storey high-rise building named ‘city
centre’ has been constructed with joint venture of the RCC and Ena Properties
through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) system.

On Friday evening, Mayor Liton inspected the ongoing development and
beautification works of the pond and enquired about the overall progress of
the work.

“The newly-built city centre will be the ever finest and modern high rise
building in Rajshahi. Massive development and beautification works will be
implemented centering the pond. A new mosque will be constructed. There will
be seating arrangement, walkways, open space and illumination at night,” he
said.

“We’ll arrange and keep clean water in the pond through proper renovation,”
Liton said, adding that the pond will get back its tradition and image upon
completion of all the scheduled works.

Referring to the historic records he said once upon a time the pond was
only the potable and dependable source of providing safe drinking water to
the city people before introduction of the supply system.

But, unfortunately, the pond had become unfit for drinking water due to
lack of proper maintenance and renovation besides negligence to it for long,
he lamented.

“I was committed to reviving the pond since starting the mayoral office in
late 2008 and my pledge is going to be successful– I do believe the adopted
steps will reflect the long-cherished hopes and aspirations of the city
dwellers,” Liton added.

Sources:  ( BSS)

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