Jharkhand: Building where Tagore once stayed being razed for mall

  • Probal Sanatani, Hindustan Times, Ghatsila
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2016 18:34 IST
The 120-year-old bungalow, where Tagore stayed in 1915. (HT Photo)

The Ghatsila dak bungalow, where nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore stayed in 1915, is now being dismantled to pave the way for a market complex.

About 85% of the complex has already come up on the site which measures about one acres. The dak bungalow is built on eight decimal area (approx 350 square feet) and the upper portion of the building has already been demolished.

However, a group of intellectuals led by one Tapas Chatterjee called on Ghatsila sub-division officer (SDO) Santosh Garg on Saturday and told him how the demolition would remove one heritage mark from the land.

The SDO appeared unaware about the historical connection of the building and asked the contractor to stop the demolition immediately and directed the executive engineer to meet him on April 26 in this regard with all orders concerned.

Meanwhile, state archeological department deputy director Amitabh Kumar said, “Any building older than 100 years needs consent from the department as per the norms. But, the department was not informed in this case.” He said the department could issue a no objection certificate only after ascertaining certain facts and not before that. Obtaining an NoC was mandatory in such cases, he said.

Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu said the administration should have renovated the heritage building that is a mark of pride for the Ghatsilaites.

“This can be developed as a Tagore memorial like many other towns in our country and abroad where Tagore visited and stayed. This can be a major tourist attraction too,” he said.

Tagore visited Ghatsila and stayed in the Dak bungalow, which now falls in East Singhbhum of Jharkhand, two years after receiving the Nobel Prize for ‘Geetanjali’about 100 years ago.

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