Historic ‘Neelkuthi’ on brink of collapse
Published: 07:51 PM, 5 August 2021
The historic ‘Neelkuthi’ was built during the reign of Mrs. Morrel, the representative of the English East India Company at Morrelganj, Bagerhat
Neelkuthi, a historical monument built during the British period at Morrelganj upazila in Bagerhat, is on the verge of destruction due to neglect and carelessness. The ‘Mysterious’ house, built 150 years ago, is going to lose its existence for lacking renovation initiative.
It is learned that Mrs. Morrel, a representative of the East India Company, inherited the area in the name of her two sons, Robert Morrel and Henry Morrel, in 1849 and settled in the Sundarbans settlement at the bank of the Panguchi- Baleshwari River and started indigo cultivation.
Mrs. Morrel collected workers from Barishal and planted forests and built a huge dwelling ‘Kuthibari’. Stables, barracks, dance halls, warehouses, officers, dormitories for infantries and torture chambers were built. A high wall was built around the house to protect it from the attack of the Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans.
The land office has been operating in this historic house for several decades. The Union Land Office has been operating at risk for several years, even after the building was declared abandoned.
Currently, the ‘Neelkuthi’ in Morrelganj is completely abandoned. Only the ruins of the “indigo factory” of the Morrels’ have been seen there. The old doors, windows, grills, chests, stairs and many other valuable items of the building have been stolen. Many items have also been stolen from the memorial.
Morrelganj UNO Md. Jahangir Alam said plans would be taken to preserve the ‘Neelkuthi’ soon. Besides, Royal poinciana (Krishnacura trees) will be planted here with a plan to set up a recreation center. Discussions will be held with the Department of Archeology on the preservation of the historic English ‘Neelkuthi’.