COX'S BAZAR, Feb 25: With 25 mega-development projects during the last two years, the district is marching ahead to emerge as a world-class tourist city.
The successful implementation of the multi-dimensional mega-projects one after another in the process will culminate all-round development of the tourist town. Completion of the undergoing development initiatives will be a big push towards transforming Cox's Bazar into a biggest tourist paradise.
All these development packages will adequately capacitate the country's mega tourist spot to contribute largely to national economy, Cox's Bazar district administration has raised this hope in a recent press briefing.
Deputy Commissioner Md. Ali Hossain, in a press briefing entitling 'Achievement of the present government and its vision of development' highlighted the comprehensive activity cycle in this direction. He said the present government has underlined more emphasis on the overall development of the tourist city. The approval of 25 mega-projects one after another manifests the strong commitment of the present government to establish Cox's Bazar into a fascinating tourist paradise in this part of the world. With that end in view, the activity package moves ahead to reach the focal point within planned outlet, the DC maintained.
Detailing the superstructure, the press briefing illustrated the ongoing position of the important mega-projects.
'Matarbari Coal Based Power Centre' by Coal Power Generation Company Limited is an ambitious project which will have direct and indirect effect on the modernisation process, the briefing added.
Earlier, Bangladesh Electricity Development Board made acquisition of 1414.65 acre land in Matarbari and Dholghata mouja under Moheshkhali upazila for establishing a 1200 megawatt coal based electric centre. The project was subsequently handed over to an interested company. This project worth 36 thousand crore taka is being implemented under the funding of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Bangladesh Government, the briefing disclosed.
Adding further, it said the present government since 2008 has underlined more emphasis to gear up the development process in the district. Approval of 25 mega-projects and subsequent phases of implementation highlight in bigger way the strong commitment and an exceptional farsighted policy support to this effect, the press briefing mentioned.
Outlining other areas, it said preliminary works of another liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal based power centre in six moujas of Moheshkhali upazila are in progress. The acquisition of 5646.95 acres of land in Hoanok, Hetalia, Kalarmarchora, Panirchora and Amabosyakhali proceeds after the administrative approval.
Another 700mw 'Altra Super Critical Coal Fire', a new electric centre, is also being implemented in Matarbari after acquisition of 1200 acre land.
Electronic Generation Company Bangladesh Ltd. is establishing another 1200mw coal based electric centre at Pakua.
Under Eastern Refinery Limited Chittagong, another project 'Installation of Single Point Moring' is moving ahead.
Besides, 'Moheshkhali-Anowara Gas Transmission Pipeline Project' got the administrative approval for acquisition of 34 acre land adjacent to Moheshkhali area.
Moreover, five economic zones in Moheshkhali, Sabrang Economic Zone, and Zaliardeep Economic Zone are some of the important mega-projects that move on at preliminary phase to contribute greatly to the upcoming transformation of Cox's Bazar tourist town into world-class tourist city, the press briefing hoped.
The other projects facilitating the transformation include ongoing Sheikh Kamal International Stadium, Ocean Development Research Institute, Medical College, Dohazari-Ghumdum Railline Project, Second BKSP at Ramu, Establishment of Veterinary University, Coast Guard Station and many other important projects in this direction, the DC mentioned in his press briefing.