PM says while inaugurating 80-km road

Marine Drive will unlock Coxs Bazars potentials

A Monitor Report 16 May, 2017  |    -      +
Cox's Bazar : The 80-km Marine Drive will unlock the potentials of the region enabling people to uplift their socioeconomic status and enjoy the natural beauty.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this on May 6 while formally inaugurating the driveway from to Teknaf. She inaugurated it unveiling the plaque at Inani point.

After opening the 80-km long road at a ceremony at Inani, the Prime Minister took a walk on the beach. She walked barefoot with a smile on her face. She dipped her toes into seawater.

"Cox's Bazar, which has such a wonderful beach, has been always neglected. It's our duty to turn it into a lucrative tourist destination," she said.

Developing the district town as a tourism hub, would open new avenues of economic development, added the Prime Minister.

The marine drive, which uniquely juxtapose with the world's longest beach on one side and hills on the other, is expected to attract more tourists.

Sheikh Hasina said sea beach is the longest sandy sea beach of the world and people from home and abroad come here to enjoy the natural beauty. "The government has undertaken a number of projects to make even more attractive."

To make road journeys more comfortable for tourists, Hasina said, the government has decided to turn Chittagong-Road into a four-lane one.


She said modernisation of Airport will also be ensured. A 162-seat Boeing B737-800 aircraft landed at the airport with her on board on May 6 as its runway has already been expanded. Only Dash-Q400 aircraft with 74 seats and smaller planes could use the airport until now.

Obaidul Quader, Minister. Road Transport and Bridges, Army Chief General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Haq and MAN Siddique, Secretary, Bridge Division also spoke on the occasion.

Bangladesh Army has implemented the Roads and Highway Division (RHD) project in three phases, which cost more than Tk 10 billion.

The project, involving Tk 456 crore, was implemented in three phases. A 24km road between Kalatoli to Inani was built in the first phase and then another 24km from Shilkhali to Teknaf upazila headquarters and 32km road from Shilkhali to Sabrang in Teknaf.

The work on the giant project, aimed at developing fast communication in the popular tourist zone, started in 1999.

She also laid foundation stones of Airport Development Project (First Phase), Naaf Tourism Park and several other projects.

Sadhan Kumar Mohanta, Airport Manager, Airport told a news agency the development work of the airport was scheduled to end within June next year. "Large aircraft like Boeing B747 or B777 will be able to land here."

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