Abu Sina Hostel is not enlisted as an archaeologically important structure, the PWD has moved forward with the demolition of the building
The building showcasing Assamese architecture was constructed around the year 1870. The Sylhet Civil Hospital started its journey in this building back in 1936. The hospital was shifted to another area in 1948, and the building was transformed into the Sylhet Medical School.
According to sources, a 15-storey public hospital featuring 250 beds is being built there under the supervision of the Public Works Department (PWD).
A contractor firm named GKBPL-PEL (JB) is working on the project. Under the initial phase, construction of eight floors is underway, with an estimated cost of Tk87 crore.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone for the project in January last year, and the contractor firm received work in July the same year. The construction is scheduled to conclude within 48 months.
Visiting the historic building on Tuesday, The Dhaka Tribune found the building in a derelict condition. It is being used as a construction material warehouse by the contractors, and doors and windows are missing.
Part of the building has been demolished for a road, built for ease of access into the construction site. The laborers prevented any attempt to photograph the site, citing regulations.