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World's Largest Marine Drive Launched in Bangladesh

| MAM Bulbul |

The long awaited 80-kilometer Marine Drive Road from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf opened on May 6, ushering in a new era of tourism in Bangladesh. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Driveway, the longest coastal road in the world. Project and tourism experts termed the project a great milestone which will add a unique feature to the natural beauty of Cox’s Bazar and will help attract a large number of tourists both from home and abroad to the beach city. The total cost of the project was BDT10.40 billion. Of the total amount, BDT937.80 million was spent for the first phase, BDT4.93 billion for the second phase, and BDT4.56 billion for the final phase. Bangladesh Army’s 16 Engineer Construction Battalion (ECB) carried out the construction work of the marine drive under a project of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges. Lieutenant colonel Mehedi Hasan, the commander of 16 ECB, said that they have successfully completed the project before the projected time and it will be the backbone of tourism for Cox’s Bazar and Bangladesh as a whole. “We started the third phase work of the marine drive in June 2016 and now it has been launched,” he said. Project officials said under the project, a total of 17 mini bridges, 108 culverts have been built along the 80-kilometer road. Besides, in order to make it tourist friendly, the project also has kept tourist friendly facilities like walkways, flexible pavements, sheds, parking facilities, changing rooms, and other facilities. Besides, Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) is establishing an exclusive tourism economic zone in Sabrang of Teknaf on 1000 acres of land. The long marine drive alongside the longest sea beach will add a strong boost to the Sabrang tourism economic zone.

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