Coxs Bazar Station

Cox’s Bazar is being connected by railway @ Alokito Bangladesh on 26 July, 2023

The first railway in the history of the country is being added to the tourist city of Cox’s Bazar. Whistle blowing the train will go to the city of the sea. Tourists can go to Cox’s Bazar by train after bus and plane. If the railway starts, travel from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar will be much easier. If railway travel starts, suffering will be reduced, time and money will be saved. Tourists will increase. Railways will play an important role in the development of the tourism industry. Apart from this, the cost of transportation of various products including fish, salt, raw materials will be reduced. The country’s revenue sector will also be dynamic.

Cox’s Bazar has seen that an eye-catching railway station is being built on a 29-acre land in Chanderpara of Jhelongja Union of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Upazila. The traditional oysters of the city of Samudra. The railway station is being built in the pattern of that oyster, the work of which is almost at the final stage. The main structure up to the fourth floor of the six-storey station building has also been completed. Apart from the station building, 17 other structures have been prepared. The railway station with an area of 1 lakh 87 thousand square feet will have international standard facilities. Tourists can leave their luggage in the lockers of the station and visit the beach all day long. There will be ticketing system for passengers on the ground floor of the six-storey building. Besides, there will be a convention center with a capacity of 5 thousand people along with canteen, hotel, market at Cox’s Bazar iconic railway station.

Locals said that Cox’s Bazar is being connected with the railway for the first time in the history of the country. Since the British rule, no government has thought of building a railway from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar. Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar railway is going to be opened due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s bold decision. Work is almost done. The arrival of tourists in Cox’s Bazar will increase if the railway is opened. There will be extensive development of business and trade in the area. Our employment will increase. Communication system and quality of education will be improved.

According to project sources, the government has taken up the single line dual gauge track construction project from Chittagong’s Dohazari via Ramu to Cox’s Bazar and from Ramu to Ghumdhum on the Myanmar border. The work started in 2010, with a completion date of June 2024. In the first phase, a 100.831 km single line dual gauge track is being constructed from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar via Ramu. There are 9 railway stations on this route. 1 thousand 391 acres of land has been acquired for the entire project. Iconic Railway Station is being constructed at Jhelongja in Cox’s Bazar Sadar. 86 percent of single line dual gauge track laying and station work has been completed so far. In the second phase, 28.752 km single line dual gauge track will be constructed from Ramu to Ghumdhum. 18 thousand 34 crore 47 lakh taka is being spent on the implementation of the project.

When asked, additional project director of Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar railway project Abul Kalam Chowdhury said that 86 percent of the project has been completed, some work is left. Hopefully, a trial run will be done from Chittagong i.e. Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar between September 15 and 30. It will take several months for the railway to become commercially operational. Initially two pairs of rails will run. Later the number of trains will be increased. Cox’s Bazar will be the final destination of trains that come from Dhaka to Chittagong. Besides, a completely new railway will be launched. A new coach has been brought from Kuwait. However, the name of the train has not been decided yet.

He said, in this project of 18 thousand crore rupees, 215 crore rupees have been spent only to construct Cox’s Bazar railway station. 86 percent of the project has been completed, little work is left. It will take 6 and a half to 7 hours to reach Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka. AC seat rent can be up to 1 thousand 200 taka. And non-AC can be 700 to 800 taka. Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Muhammad Shaheen Imran told Alokit Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar is one of the longest seaports in the world. Cox’s Bazar railway is also going to be launched to make it a quality tourist city. The construction of the modern building of the railway station is almost at the final stage. The only iconic station in the country is Cox’s Bazar. Passengers will find modern facilities here. Tourists will get to know Cox’s Bazar anew after the opening of the railway.

Source : Alokito Bangladesh

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