Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has advised the authorities concerned to develop a tourism site in the south-eastern Cox’s Bazar district to be dedicated for the foreigners.
The Prime Minister’s advice came on Wednesday while witnessing a presentation of master plans of three special tourism parks to be developed in the district.
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority has earmarked 1,027 acres of land in Sabrang on the bank of the Bay of Bengal to develop the excusive tourism parks having hills on the one side and the sea on the other.
Sabrang is located 80 kilometers away from Cox’s Bazar district headquarters in the in country’s southernmost sub-district of Teknaf.
Hasina also instructed the authorities to ensure all necessary tourist amenities of international standards to attract foreign tourists to visit the region to witness natural beauties.
Bangladesh has the longest ever unbroken sandy beach in the world, but it hardly could reap the benefit of it, and the government has recently planned for a tourism master plan, under which three areas will be developed to draw attention of the domestic and international tourists.
In line with the plan, BEZA has been entrusted with setting up the Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park in Moheshkhali and Naf and Sabrang Tourism Parks in Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar.
The Naf tourism park will be established on a round-shaped island on the river Naf that divided Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Hasina asked the authorities to complete construction world on the island in three years.
During the presentation, Hasina underscored the need for to build high-rise establishments along the sea in Cox’s Bazar.
“We will not allow construction of high-rise establishments along the sea as it will harm the natural beauty,” she said asking the authorities to maintain ecological and environmental balance, biodiversity, heritage, culture and tradition while taking up tourism projects.
Hasina also directed the authorities concerned to construct establishments in the tourism parks ensuring those to be tolerant to disasters such as earthquake, cyclone and tidal surge.
Former Professor of BUET Khairul Anam highlighted key features of the master plan of the Sabrang and Naf Tourism Parks, while Balakrishnan Shuresh Mahindra highlighted important aspects on the Sonadia Eco -tourism Park through video presentation.
The consultancy firm which prepared the master plan for Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park has assured the premier that the tourists could visit the park within 24 months while it will take nine years to give a complete shape of the park.