principal burst open to the reporters today
Dot Com News Bureau
Burdwan, 2 June 04 :
Although the vice-chancellor of the university of Burdwan
appealed to the heritage committee to visit the rajbari &
suggest the university in conserving the building of heritage
value, the principal of the women's college today fumed at the
reporters as they reached his chamber for his further comments on
the incidence. The principal burst open as the reporters queried
him regarding the procedure followed by the college authority in
auctioning the valuables received from the demolished structure.
Saliendranath Samanta, an ex-curator of the Burdwan university
museum said, "I have been informed from various sources that,
the college authority have sold off the belongings to the
contractor engaged in scaling down the building at a mere 10% of
the total value without any formal valuation by a government
or open auction." It is also informed from various sources
that, the contractor, Muktipada Sarkar is also a member of the building committee of
the college. This committee eventually passed the decision of
demolition. The common people have sensed a nexus
between the college authority & the contractor for the cheap
deal. Samanta also confirmed, "the Mobark Manzil, being the
queen's mansion was most delicately built & was all fitted
with Italian marbles & valuables. Various marble statues also
adorned the interior."
The vice-chancellor of the Burdwan university, Prof. Amit Mallick although didn't want to comment on the college issue stating, `the
university directly doesn't interfere at the colleges under it.'
He also said, "I would like the heritage committee to come out with a list
of the heritage buildings in the city & around. We would
like the committee members to visit the university administrative
office (situated at the Rajbari) as well as the campus at Golapbag
& suggest us how to restore the old buildings. Anyway the
university have already renovated a portion of the rajbari keeping
the looks & structure same as before."
The contact labours were brought from Orissa to prevent leakage of
the demolition news among the local residents.
The incidence has taken a new turn with the question arising among
common people that, where have the valuables of the royal era
gone? What have the college authorities done with those and why
was the contract given to a member of the college building