World-class oyster-shaped railway station at Cox’s Bazar
Published: 02:51 PM, 2 September 2021
The world-class oyster-shaped railway station at Cox’s Bazar
A world-class railway station with a huge ‘oyster-shaped’ design – big shaped pearls in the middle – is being constructed at Cox’s Bazar, the longest beach in the world, to increase tourist attraction in Bangladesh.
The construction work of this aesthetic railway station building at Chowdhurypara opposite Cox’s Bazar bus terminal is progressing fast. About 60 percent of the work has already been completed. It is a part of the development master plan that the government is implementing in Cox’s Bazar.
Mofizur Rahman, project director of the Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar and Cox’s Bazar-Ghumdhum projects in Chattogram, said “passengers would board the train using the foot overbridge in the second-floor”. The 6-storey station building will have all the modern facilities including a passenger waiting room, child care center, children's play area, restaurant, residential hotel, auditorium.
He added the oyster-shaped station is being constructed under a project to build a 128-km railway line from Dohazari in Chattogram to Ghumdhum in Cox’s Bazar. “Construction work has already been completed up to the 2nd floor. With the launch of this aesthetically pleasing station, the number of tourists in the beach town is expected to increase manifold,” project director Mofizur Rahman said.
According to railway sources, Chattogram’s Dohazari to Ramu will be constructed first on Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar railway line. Ramu will be the junction. From there, a line will go to Cox’s Bazar beach. After that, the tourists can reach Cox’s Bazar by direct train from Dhaka. Next, another line from Cox’s Bazar will go east to Ghumdhum near Myanmar.
All work is expected to be completed by 2020-22. With this, the international railway network will be added to the Trans-Asian Railway. This railway network will be Myanmar-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan-Iran to Turkey in Europe.
Bangladesh Railway Ministry sources said the project from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar via Ramu to Ghumdhum near Myanmar is one of the six priority projects of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Therefore, special importance is being given to the speedy implementation of this project.
When the work of the railway project is completed, thousands of tourists not only from the country but also from abroad will gather in Chattogram including Cox’s Bazar. The most interesting installation of this project will be the oyster-shaped Cox’s Bazar railway station. There will be 9 railway stations from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar. Dohazari, Satkania, Lohagara, Harbang, Chakaria, Dulahazara, Islamabad, Ramu and Cox’s Bazar.