Visit Boro Khuti, Rajshahi, North-West Bangladesh, January 28
February 1, 2011, 5:02 pm
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Friday 28 of Februari, Florus and I were welcomed by mayor Khairuzzaman Liton of Rajshahi City Corporation at his office to speak about the reconstruction of the Dutch Silk Factory Boro Kuthi (17th century) and the need of technical expertise from abroad (architects, constructors). Mayor Khairuzzaman wants to create in this historic building a Dutch-Bengal heritage centre and tourist spot alongside the Padma River (Ganges). Present were too Lt. Col. Md. Lutful Haq and Mj. Ferdous Rana. Our advice was to start with a smal scale reconstruction of most urgent parts, with garden rehabilitation and tearing down of modern defence wall. Seek local, regional and national commitment, inform potential partners (Embassies of the Netherlands and Brittain, ICOMOS, Erfgoed Nederland, Unesco, Heritage Group of Chincura West Bengal e.s.o.) on progresses and organize little events on this spot to show local polulation the progresses of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Further more write a masterplan and plan for exploitation of Boro Kuthi as museum, conference centre, promenade garden with hotel and restaurant, and start a two years research about the history of this Dutch building: in Bangladesh (Rajshahi DCRR, RCC-archives and NAB), UK (India Office and Brittish Library) and Netherlands (VOC-archives, National Archives). This will create growing awareness among population, decissionmakers and potential partners for big scale reconstruction. ICOMOS-NL has shown interest in delivering expertise for reconstruction.
Sigfried Janzing

After talks we were taken by mayor Khairuzzaman to Boro Kuthi, which indeed is located on a beautiful spot alogside the Padma River. For a first glimpse of this historical building see pictures. Friday 4th of Febrauri we shall visit Boro Kuthi for a second time and have further talkings.

Conversations with mayor Khairuzzaman Liton, Rajshahi City Corporation

On our way to Boro Kuthi

Historical Boro Kuthi, former Dutch Silk Factory

Detail Boro Kuthi, "Dutch Tower"

Inside Boro Kuthi

Inside Boro Kuthi

In conversation with mayor Khairuzzaman

Padma river (Ganges)


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Indeed a beautiful location of historical importance. ‘Small scale reconstruction’ sounds as a good start.

Best regards,

Rene Spork

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