Ban on traveling to Chhera Dwip
Published: 02:46 PM, 31 October 2020 Updated: 02:49 PM, 31 October 2020
Chhera Island, also known as Chhera Dwip
Tourists have been banned from visiting the Chhera Island, also known as Chhera Dwip. A circular has been issued in this regard as the tourist traffic to St. Martin will increase from November. The Coast Guard has been tasked with implementing the directives.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has also ordered the closure of six activities in St. Martin to protect the environment. These instructions have been given in a circular issued by the ministry on October 12.
According to the Department of Environment, there are still some marine corals alive on the Chhera Island part of St. Martin. These decisions have been taken to save the corals.
Asked about this, Director General of the Department of Environment AKM Rafiq Ahmed said, "We will take all kinds of initiatives in phases to protect St. Martin. Initially, we will stop these activities there through the Coastguard. In addition, the activities that we are carrying out to protect the biodiversity and environment of the island will be further strengthened."
According to the ministry's directives, no motor vehicles such as motorcycles and engine-run vehicles will be allowed on St. Martin's Beach from now. No lights or fires can be lit there at night. No noise or loud music can be arranged at night. Ships travelling from Teknaf to St. Martin may not carry more passengers than the permitted number. Unauthorized and additional construction materials will be stopped to travel to St. Martin. The use of environmental contaminants such as polythene bags and plastic bottles will be restricted.