Construction of the country’s only submarine base (Banauja Sheikh Hasina) connecting road at Pekua Magnama in Cox’s Bazar is in full swing. The construction of this road in three packages will be completed by June 30, 2022.
When the work of improving the current width of the road from 5.5 points to 10.3 points is completed, a radical change will take place in the four coastal upazilas. The construction of the road will be implemented by the Department of Roads and Highways. The project has been named ‘Ekta Bazar to Banauja Sheikh Hasina Base’ connecting road. The cost of implementation of the project has been estimated at Tk 361 crore.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader MP inaugurated the construction work of the road through video conference on November 22 last year. MP Zafar Alam inspected the construction work of the much awaited road including removal of illegal structures at various places of the 23-kilometer road. Pekua Upazila Chairman Jahangir Alam, District Awami League Leader GM Abul Kashem, Magnama Union Parishad Chairman Sharafat Ullah Wasim and others were also present.
The road will be used for public transport in Kutubdia and for transportation of salt, extracted shrimp and marine resources produced in Chakaria, Pekua and Kutubdia to other parts of the country. Besides, it will be very easy to travel from Magnama base to Banauja Sheikh Hasina base by constructing 3.50 km new road over the embankment of Water Development Board. It will benefit at least 10 lakh people in the coastal areas.
According to the Roads and Highways Department, the project will include widening of roads from 1 km to 6 km, elevation, widening and strengthening of road pavements from 6 km to 12 km. New roads will be constructed from 20 km to 23 km. The road proposed for the new construction is the only road to travel to the submarine base ‘Banauja Sheikh Hasina’ and which is currently an embankment constructed by the Water Development Board.
RHD official Abu Ahsan Azizul Mostafa said small service lanes would be constructed in different parts of the road besides the two lanes. There will be drainage system for water circulation.
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