Ctg-Cox’s Bazar: World’s largest marine drive to be built...

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Ctg-Cox’s Bazar: World’s largest marine drive to be built

 HM Faridul Alam Shaheen, Cox`s Bazar daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:15 PM, 17 October 2020   Updated: 05:49 PM, 17 October 2020

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A feasibility study has been started for the construction of 170 km Marine Drive road from Mirsarai in Chattogram to Cox’s Bazar. However, the 80-kilometer Marine Drive road from Cox’s Bazar to Shahpari Island in Teknaf has already been constructed.

The Australian consultancy firm SMET International has started the feasibility study and design of the extended 170 km road from Mirsarai to Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive. It will take one year to get the final report and design. 

If this road is ready, it will be the longest marine drive road in the world. On the other hand, the distance from Chattogram to Cox’s Bazar will be reduced to about 50 kilometers. Now it takes 3.30-4 hours to travel from Cox’s Bazar to Chattogram by road. And if the Marine Drive road is constructed, it will be possible to travel from Cox’s Bazar to Chattogram by road in just 2-2.30 hours. At present, the distance from Cox’s Bazar to Chattogram is 160 km by road. The distance from Chattogram to Mirsarai is about 60 kilometers. As a result, the distance from Chattogram to Cox’s Bazar is decreasing by 50 km.

Naimul Haque Chowdhury Tutul, leader of the Road Transport Owners Workers Union, said it takes two and a half to three hours for a passenger vehicle to travel from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf via the Arakan Road. And once the Marine Drive road is reached, one can travel to Teknaf Cox’s Bazar in 1-1.20 hour. Because this Marine Drive road has reduced the distance from Teknaf to Cox’s Bazar by 20 kilometers. 

On the other hand, Cox’s Bazar Hotel Motel Zone Vice President Shah Alam Chowdhury Prakash Raja Shah Alam said that if the Marine Drive road from Mirsarai to Cox’s Bazar is constructed, many tourist spots will be created in Chattogram’s Mirsarai, Patenga, Anwara, Banshkhali, Cox’s Bazar’s Kutubdia, Pekua, Chakaria, Maheshkhali. Which will increase the attraction to domestic and foreign tourists at the Marine Drive road. As a result, this sector can be the main driving force of the country’s economy. 

Roads and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, while inaugurating the Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive Road, said the government plans to extend the Marine Drive road to Mirsarai in Chattogram. 

Despite various setbacks, the Department of Roads and Urban Development said it had started work on the feasibility study of constructing a 170-kilometer Marine Drive road from Mirsarai to Cox’s Bazar by the end of this year. Tk 12,82,00,000 has been allocated for the feasibility study of this project. 

Meanwhile, Cox’s Bazar Development Authority Chairman Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Forkan Ahmed said that if the project is implemented, so many resorts, hotels, motels, restaurants, economic zones, exclusive tourist spots will be built from Mirsarai to Shahpari Island in Teknaf. Massive employment will be created. Tourists who are thirsty for tourism in the world will come to see the vast expansive tourist spots and breathtaking natural beauty. In this way, the wheel of the country’s economy will turn at lightning speed. The longest Marine Drive road, the pride of the country will take our self-esteem and economy to the final stage of success.

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