Inaugurating the 80 km Cox's Bazar-Teknaf marine drive, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it would unlock the potentials of the region enabling people to improve their socioeconomic condition and enjoy the natural beauty.
She was speaking at a programme after formally inaugurating the road. The PM inaugurated the drive by unveiling the plaque at Inani.
Bangladesh Army constructed the marine drive under the supervision of the Roads and Highways Department to protect the Cox's Bazar seashore from erosion and facilitate an easy sighting of the beauty of the Bay of Bengal.
Hasina said new potentials of tourism opened up in the district with the inauguration of the driveway which would attract a huge number of local and foreign tourists to the region and help accelerate the district's socioeconomic development.
“The government has taken up a number of projects to make Cox's Bazar even more attractive,” she added.
Speaking at a public rally in Cox's Bazar town later on, the PM warned that those involved in Yaba business in the district would face punishment.
“Those who are involved in Yaba business will definitely face punishment, no matter who they are...there's no mercy for them,” she said.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the marine drive, the premier said the government decided to turn the two-lane Chittagong-Cox's Bazar road into a four-lane one to make road trips more comfortable for tourists.
She said modernisation of Cox's Bazar Airport would also be ensured. A Boeing 737-800 aircraft touched down at the airport yesterday as its runway has already been expanded.
About the existing communal harmony in the country, the PM said people of all religions would live in the country enjoying equal rights.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Army Chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and Bridges Division Secretary MAN Siddique also spoke on the occasion.
The premier took a walk on Inani Beach after inaugurating the marine drive. Some photos of the PM wading through ankle-deep water went viral in social media.