Nijhum Dwip, Hatiya, Swarna Dweep look to tourism bonanza

Shafiqul Islam
Published : 05:59, Aug 09, 2018 | Updated : 05:59, Aug 09, 2018

Deers are moving at Nijhum Dwip. PHOTO: CollectedThe government wants to turn Nijhum Dwip, Hatiya, Bhasanchar and Swarna Dweep in Noakhali into tourist spots.
In this regard, the roads and highways division has begun a project to develop a road from Sonapur to Chairman Ghat.
It's unanimously agreed that due to unreliable communication, tourism is being impeded.
Swarna DweepSonapur-Chairman Ghat road development, approved by ECNEC, will cost Tk. 168 crore 69 lakh; the project will expand up to Noakhali proper, Subarnachar and Hatiya Upazila.
Many tourists visit Hatiya and Nijhum Dwip as they are detached from the mainland. Once the road is developed, more tourists will be able to visit.
The project is expected to finish by 30 June, 2021.
Meanwhile, work to ease communication between Noakhali and Chittagong is near completion.
HatiyaIn addition, the army has established a cantonment in Swarna Dweep of Hatiya.
Also, to expand the Noakhali University of Science and Technology, land acquisition plus development have begun here.
Talking on the issue, secretary of road, transport and highways division, Nazrul Islam, told Bangla Tribune: “if the project is implemented, there will be a surge of tourists in the area, thus helping the economic growth of the country.”