250-yr-old Noakhali mosque needs renovation
NOAKHALI, Feb 11: The 250-year-old Ramjan Mia Jame Mosque is standing as a sign of old architecture at Daulatramdi Village under No. 7 Ward of Bataiya Union in Kabirhat Upazila of the district.
Locals said one late Ramjan Mia built the mosque on five decimals of land in 1770. The mosque is 31 foot long and 10 foot wide. There are two minarets, three doors and two windows in the mosque.
Khadem of the mosque Sharifullah Chowdhury Babu said the four foot wide walls of the mosque have different artworks. The mosque is standing on 12 pillars.
Locals said two minarets of the mosque were damaged during an earthquake many years back, which were not repaired since then. As the mosque is small, only 50 devotees can say prayers at a time.
Some local people said steps were taken locally to repair the mosque earlier, but later the initiative was postponed. Former upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Kabirhat visited the mosque and assured them of taking steps but it was not materialised.
Local people alleged that the mosque had about 27 decimals of land. But, now most of the lands have been grabbed.
In this connection, UNO Md Shariful Islam said he would know nothing about the mosque. But, steps will be taken after consulting with local people.