As part of the government plan to make Cox’s Bazar an international standard tourist city, authorities and construction companies have taken up all-out efforts to complete the project by December 2022.
Official sources said the construction work of Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar Railway Project is progressing fast and expected to be completed within the stipulated time and the travel-loving people will be able to go to Cox’s Bazar by train from capital Dhaka next year.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan has said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working with the plan to make Cox’s Bazar an international standard tourist city.
“The country’s tourism sector and economic activities will see revolutionary changes once railway service from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar starts,” he said while laying the foundation stone of the iconic Railway Station Building in Cox’s Bazar and launching of first steel girder for Bridge on January 14 and 15. The two projects are milestones of Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar Railway scheme.
The six-storey Cox’s Bazar railway station building is being built at a cost of Tk 215 crore.
“I am confident and hopeful to complete this railway project by December 2022 and inaugurate the rail service from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar through our mutual effort,” he said and highly praised the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and MAX Infrastructure Limited in Bangladesh for their relentless efforts to continue the construction works of the project.
This project will be extended from Cox’s Bazar to Gumdum near Myanmar via Ramu, which will be extended to China in the future, the Minister added.
The Minister requested the contractor companies to overcome difficulties, including the Covid-19 pandemic, and further expedite their construction works for successful completion of the project in time (December 2022).
Officials said the completion of this railway project will significantly improve the local economy and connectivity of transportation and attract tourists from not only Bangladesh but also from all over the World, said a press release of CCECC on Monday.