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Develop special tourist site for foreigners at Sabrang

PM asks authorities at a presentation on master plans of tourism parks to be developed in Cox's Bazar

February 20, 2020 00:00:00

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to develop the Sabrang Tourism Park as a dedicated tourist site for foreigners, report agencies.

Her directive came when she witnessed the presentation on the master plans of three tourism parks to be developed in Cox's Bazar district.

The master plans of the parks - Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park, Naf Tourism Park and Sabrang Tourism Park -- were presented before the Prime Minister at her office.

She asked for completing the development work of the Naf Tourism Park and Sabrang Tourism Park within three years.

Sheikh Hasina said the government will not allow construction of any high-rise structure along the seashore.

Sheikh 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.

Describing the Cox's Bazar sea beach as the world's longest sandy sea beach, she said the 80-mile sea beach is one of the beautiful tourist spots of the world./

She also instructed the authorities concerned to ensure all necessary facilities maintaining international standards so that foreign tourists could be attracted to visit the region to witness natural beauties.

She also gave necessary guidelines to the concerned authorities to ensure various facilities in the three tourism parks

Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) is implementing the master plans to attract local and foreign tourists.

According to the master plans, Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park is being developed at Sonadia Island in Maheshkhali upazila, while Naf Tourism Park in Teknaf Sadar union and Sabrang Tourism Park at Sabrang union in Teknaf upazila.

The Sonadia Eco-Tourism Park is being established on 8,967 acres of land in phases in nine years. But 909 acres of land will effectively come under the planned area, while the rest will be kept as it is.

The first-phase work will be completed within two years.

The Sabrang Tourism Park is being developed on 1,047 acres of land at Sabrang union in Teknaf upazila.

The Naf Tourism Park will be developed on 271 acres of land on an island in the Naf River under Teknaf Sadar union.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Principal Coordinator on SDGs Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office Zuena Aziz, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and PMO Secretary Md Tofazzal Hossain Miah were present.

BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech at the function.

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