The historic pond will take on a bright and modern form as the needs-based infrastructure development work continues at full speed.
Sonadighi, a traditional pond in the city of Rajshahi, will regain its lost glory thanks to massive development works implemented by the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC).
The municipal corporation has adopted a gigantic approach to give the basin a new look as soon as possible, taking into account the question of the long-cherished demands of city dwellers.
With the initiative and leadership of the city’s mayor, AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, the historic pond will take on a bright and modern form as needs-driven infrastructure development work continues at full speed.
Along with the pond renovation work, a walkway, mosque, open stage, and information and communication technology library will be built in the center of the pond.
Once completed, the general public can see the pond from at least three directions.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Liton inspected the ongoing development and embellishment work on the pond and inquired about the general progress of the work.
Right next to the pond, a 16-story building named “downtown” was built with the joint venture of RCC and Ena Properties as part of the public-private partnership system.
Mayor Liton said the newly constructed city center will be the most beautiful and modern of the skyscrapers in Rajshahi. Massive development and embellishment work will be carried out in the center of the pond. The old Sonamasjid mosque is being rebuilt on its current site. There will be a seating arrangement, walkways, open space and lighting at night.
“We are determined to keep the water clean in the pond through proper renovation,” said Liton, adding that the pond will regain its tradition and image once all the works are planned.
Referring to the historical records, he said that once upon a time the pond was only the drinking and reliable source to provide drinking water to the townspeople before the introduction of the supply system.
But, unfortunately, the pond had become unsuitable for drinking water due to a lack of proper maintenance and renovation in addition to neglect of it for a long time, he lamented.
Mayor Liton had been committed to reviving the pond since he took over as town hall at the end of 2008 and has pledged to succeed.
“I believe that the adopted measure will reflect the long cherished hopes and aspirations of city dwellers in the near future,” Liton predicted.
Mayors of the Shariful Islam panel Babu and Rajab Ali, neighborhood councilors Abdul Hamid Sarker and Kamal Hossain, chief engineer Shariful Islam and former chief engineer Ashraful Haque were present on the occasion.