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Investigation of Colonial Heritage Buildings in Khulna City

Khulna Municipality was established under the British Indian regime in 1884. Its geographical location is close to Kolkata (Calcutta), the then capital of the British Indian Empire. Several Government and private buildings were constructed in Khulna city with a strong influence of colonial architecture. The change of occupancy, lack of proper maintenance and rapid urbanization in Khulna city with a hike of land price around these structures poses a serious threat to these Colonial Heritage Buildings in Khulna City (CHBK). Several private colonial buildings are nearly hundred years old and they possess historic, architectural, aesthetic, social and communal values which fulfil the requirements to be declared as heritage sites. The aim of this project is to develop a list of colonial buildings of Khulna and to conduct architectural documentation, analysis and conditional survey of these buildings. This includes development of plan, elevation, and section of the structures with a dataset of style, material and technique used in the construction. The colonial buildings will be categorized in descending order of importance according to BNBC guidelines. From the outcome of the study, a list of CHBK will be generated which will be shared to the DoA for conservation of these historic structures. Furthermore, the outcome of the research will contribute to enhance the tourism activities in this city and will satisfy the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.4 “Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage”.

Role Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency National
Awarded Date December 2021
Completion Date February 2024