May 5, 2017
Bengal to renovate three heritage buildings
The Bengal Heritage Commission has taken up a project to restore three most crucial heritage buildings of the state, namely Mahishadal Rangibashan Rajbari, Dr Graham Home’s Church in Kalimpong and the house of Alexander Duff on Nimtala Ghat Street.
Several buildings with unique architecture had been developed in Mashidal in East Midnapore in the 18th century. Most of them were Rajbaris. At least 150-year-old Rangibashan Rajbari is the grandest among all.
In Kalimpong, Dr Graham’s Home was set up in the British era for destitute children and orphans. There is a century-old stone-made church situated adjacent to the home and it was heavily damaged during 2011 earthquake in Sikkim.
The third project is the house of Alexander Duff on Nimtala Ghat Street. The building once also housed Jorabagan police station.
West Bengal Heritage Commission, which is under Information and Cultural Affairs Department, had sent detailed DPRs to Ministry of Culture. It is learnt that Rs 5 crore has been granted for restoration of Alexander Duff’s house while Rs 6 crore each has been granted for Mahishadal Rangibashan Rajbari and Dr Graham Home’s Church.