to expand on improved sanitation and the purchase and maintenance of fire engines, the sum thatnow expend on lighting the town.” Nawab Ahsanullah declares in an interview with Kolkata newpaper
Three reasons are speculated for Lord Dufferin‘s (Governor General and Viceroy of India 1884-
1888) Dhaka visit. One of them is to lay foundation of Dhaka gas light which was earlier promised bythe Nawab Bahadoor (7).
Lord Dufferein Khwaja. Abdul Ghani Khwaja. Ahsanullah Khwaja Yusuf Jan
egal secretary G.L.Garth writes a memo to Dhaka Municipality notifyingnawab’s interest to replace existing street kerosene lamps with gas lights. The municipalitycommissioners accepted nawabs proposal with gladness, enthusiasm & gratitude. They agreed tospend the saving in this sector for betterment of the civic health as per the condition set forth by theNawab (8).
:Nawab Khwaja Yusuf Jan,(1897-1901) brother in law of Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah is electedChairman of Dhaka Municipality.
Prokash, the leading Bengali newspaper reports
Twelve years ago Nawab KhwajaAhsanullah promised to light Dhaka with gas light. Probably he did not fulfill his promise due tosuspicion towards muninicipality. With the election of his brother in law Nawab Khwaja Yusuf Jan atthe helm of municipality that suspicion ebbed. Hopefully the promise will be fulfilled now” (9).
To relieve the sufferings of Dhaka, magnify its beauty and modernize it Nawab Ahsanullaharranges for electric lights in 1901 (10). He donates
450,000.00 rupee for Dhaka Electric light fund(11). The money is to cover both construction and maintenance expenses.
The Dhaka Electric Light Trust is formed under the auspices of Dhaka municipality. Thefollowing notice is published in the newspaper by the trust
“The Dhaka Electric Light trustees do hereby give notice under section 3 clauses iii of act 1895 thatthey are applying to government for a license under the said act to supply electricity in and near thefollowing streets and places:
Rahmatgonj Road (upto the water works), Chowk circular Road, Mogultully Road, Nulgolla Road,Babu Bazar Road, Committeegonj Road, Armenia Street (upto Ray Bahadoor’s street), Islampur Road, Ahsun Manzil Road, Patuatuly Road, Wiseghat Road, Patuatuly lower Road, Patuatuly Ghat Road, Bangla Bazar Road, Dal Bazar Road, Farashganj, Road to Iron suspension bridge, Dig Bazar Road, Victoria Park, Lakhshmi Bazar Road (as far s R.C.Chapel), Sadarghat Road, Shakhari Bazar