Published:  12:00 AM, 26 February 2017

Modern tourism park to be set up on Jaliardip in Teknaf

Modern tourism park to be set up on Jaliardip in Teknaf Jaliardip, is a small piece of land in the middle of the river Naf. -AA

Country's first tourism park is going to be set up on Jaliar Dip in Teknaf. Jaliardip, is a small piece of land in the middle of the river Naf. The island  first surfaced in eighties of last century. The government has taken a development plan of this island which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and close to green Netang Hills.

It is also known as 'Jaliler Dip'. Naf tourism park is being built on around 271.93 acres of land. The park will have all modern facilities  for  tourism. Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority- BEZA recently called tender for infrastructural development after verification of all the possibilities of this island by the Uni consult, a German consulting company, according to sources.

Executive Chairman of BEZA Paban Chowdhury arranged the meeting with domestic and foreign companies for construction of the tourism park at the head office of BEZA. Nine foreign  companies from China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan took part in the meeting. Sector Commander of BGB, Additional Police Super of cox's bazaar were also present.

Sources claimed that  Jaliar Dip is going to open a new chapter for tourism sector in the country. Myanmar and Netang hill will entertain the visitors and attract the domestic and foreign nature lovers.

As a result,  the economic condition of this area will improve day by day. This will also have positive impacts on both Bangladesh and Myanmar.  There is no human habitation in the island of Cox's bazaar  situated in rhila union under Teknaf Upazilla. Some locals are farming Shrimps and Salt bed illegally for a long time. People travel to this island by small boats.

Former UP Chairman Nurul Islam said, It is a good news not only for Teknaf but also for Bangladesh. He expressed his thanks and gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking initiative for economic development in this area.
According to BEZA and Cox's bazaar DC office sources, an attracted hanging bridge will be constructed beside the land port for journey to Jaliar Dip. Tourists will reach the Jaliar Dip to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Resort, Cable car, Oshneriam, flying restaurant, convention center, swimming pool, fun lake, aqua park, fishing jetty, amusement park, shishu park, water sports, cruise line will be built in this island. The last date of submission of request for project proposal has been set up to March 2.

DC of Cox's bazaar Md. Ali Hossen said, forest department has given permission to use 21.12 acres of land for journey to Jaliar Dip. Modern facilities with cable car will be built for tourists. Professor Mohammad Ali, President and Secretary of Teknaf Upazilla Awame league said, It is a continuous process of development of this government.

All the modern facilities will include in this project as well as lot of human resources will be appointed in this project. If the project is implemented, the tourists would be able to enjoy the beauty of Naf river and the scenario of Myanmar border by riding cable cars and hanging bridge.

 A  group of environmentalists, however opposes  the project. Chairman of 'Save the Nature of Bangladesh' ANM Moazzem Hosen Riad said, the  area is a  sanctuary of birds and different animals. Still, the soil level of this island is often remains submerged.

Action plan of Jaliar Dip has been taken by Paban Chowdhury as  the executive chairman of BEZA. At the end of the year 2015, he arranged  a trip of 11 secretaries including chief secretary Abul Kalam Azad, environment and forest secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed to Jaliar Dip.

They all were impressed by the beauty of the island. Paban Chowdhury briefed the secretaries about the plan of this project. After that the government took the initiative to develop the island as a tourism spot.

-Shahin Shah, Cox's Bazar

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