The inception of multiple megaprojects led to a revolutionary shift in Bangladesh's communication networks. The Padma Bridge and the Metro Rail are two distinct and unparalleled examples of infrastructure in Bangladeshi history. The Karnafuli Tunnel also called the Bangabandhu Tunnel, is another marvel of architecture inaugurated on 28 October 2023 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Cox's Bazar has long been a beloved travel destination for both domestic and foreign travelers, drawn by its breathtaking natural beauty and the world's longest natural sea beach. The Bangabandhu Tunnel is a unique architectural wonder that has the potential to completely revolutionize the tourism environment inCox's Bazar.
The Karnafuli Tunnel, also called the Bangabandhu Tunnel, is evidence of Bangladesh's dedication to building infrastructure. This engineering marvel, which spans 9.3 kilometers and passes impressively beneath the Karnafuli River for 3.4 of that length, is the nation's first and only underwater tunnel. The tunnel that connects Chittagong's main city with Anwara Upazila is built between 18 and 31 meters below the surface of the river.
The government of Bangladesh and the Chinese government collaborated to fund the project, including a major contribution from the Exim Bank of China. In 2016, the construction of the tunnel was started by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping together. It has been moving toward being a game-changer in the area ever since.
With the opening of this tunnel, which directly connects Dhaka and Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, the commercial center of Bangladesh, would see a revolution in communications and transportation. The tunnel will bring Dhaka and Chittagong closer together and transform the southern portion of the port city into a business district. The two banks of the Karnafuli River would be united as " one city, two towns, " modeled after Shanghai, China, which unites its east and west. Shanghai, is the biggest and most populous city in China.
Being the country's main seaport, the Chittagong is significant for trade and business, even though it has only expanded on one side of the Karnafuli. The port couldn't go farther than the Karnafuli River because there was no road link. By opening the tunnel, the issue would be resolved and the port city would be able to grow beyond one bank of the river. Consequently, Chittagong Port's economic significance will only increase with the growth of commercial opportunities.
The Bangabandhu Tunnel promises to bring about several transformative changes that will elevateCox's Bazar as a tourist destination:
The tunnel's capacity to increase access toCox's Bazar is among its biggest advantages. This coastal sanctuary is now easier to get to from Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh, cutting down on travel time and increasing its allure.
Traffic congestion in Chittagong city would decrease as cars wouldn't have to travel through it to get to South Chittagong andCox's Bazar. This enhancement will help local businesses and people in addition to tourists.
The tunnel connectsCox's Bazar to neighboring tourist destinations. Through the tunnel, travelers can more easily access Bandarban and Cox's Bazar via the Outer Ring Road. This interconnectedness makes it possible to visit a greater variety of tourist destinations, which increases travel throughout the area.
A 760-acre industrial zone is being built in the Anwara Upazila on the south bank of the Karnafuli River. Due to this initiative, foreign companies have already expressed interest in participating, which has opened up job prospects for locals. The construction of the tunnel is also expected to stimulate the region's tourism and hospitality industries, resulting in economic growth.
With the Bangabandhu Tunnel, trade between India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar will be facilitated by connecting the Asian Highway network. This is advantageous for trade as well as for foreign visitors who want to see Cox's Bazar and its environs.
The opening of the tunnel makes it simpler for visitors to see hidden jewels in the area, like Parki Beach in Anwara, Chittagong. When the tunnel is operational, the journey time to this stunning location will be shortened to just 15 minutes, increasing its accessibility and drawing in tourists.
In addition to being a stunning work of design, the Bangabandhu Tunnel is expected to revolutionize the travel and tourism industry by making Cox's Bazar and the neighboring areas even more alluring and reachable. This seaside haven has the potential to soar to new heights with the successful implementation of the project, in conjunction with efficient tourism administration and promotion, making it a must-visit location for tourists from all over the world.
It's an exciting moment for Cox's Bazar, its residents, and the tourists who come to view its unmatched beauty as the tunnel gets ready to open. If you are inCox's Bazar, Bangladesh you can stay at Shampan Beach Resort.Call For Booking!