State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, MP and US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller on Wednesday officially inaugurated the US-funded Lalbagh Fort cultural preservation and architectural documentation project in Old Dhaka.
The one-year initiative, funded through the U.S. government’s prestigious Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), supports restoring the Mughal-era Hammam Khana, one of three primary structures at the Lalbagh Fort complex dating from the 17th century.
Upon completion in 2022, both levels of the Hammam Khana will reopen to the public.
Ambassador Miller and Minister Khalid launched a ceremonial photographic drone to formally initiate work on the project and toured the grounds.
The “Restoring, Retrofitting, and 3D Architectural Documentation of Historical Mughal-era Hammam Khana at Lalbagh Fort” initiative will be led by the Ministry of Culture’s Department of Archaeology, using historically authentic materials to restore architectural features and an advanced retrofitting system to improve safety and structural stability.