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Gazetted Kuakata “Master Plan” gathering dust on LGED desk

Fishing boats just off the beach in Kuakata

http://www.stevenbellmemorials.co.uk/?st=maps22 The much-awaited Kuakata master plan was gazetted in November 2014, but officials in Dhaka are still sitting on it, not taking any steps to notify authorities for its implementation. A futuristic 30-year Kuakata Master Plan should otherwise now be in force to prevent unplanned and haphazard growth of this highly potential tourist hub on the […]

A bicycle ride through the north of Bangladesh

A makeshift bamboo bridging the Holholi River on Pakhiura, near Roumari

source site A 150 km bicycle trip through the picturesque north Cycling through rural Bangladesh is often considered an exquisite experience not just because of the idyllic backdrop, but also because of the flat nature of our deltaic landscape. Some may even say that when on a bicycle in the Bangla countryside, you hear the heartbeat of […]

Kuakata youths fight poverty with lenses

Some of the Kuakata beach photographers pose for a picture themselves.

Professional photography has taken a fantastic shape on the Kuakata beach. More than 51 local young men, who used to be fishermen,van pullers, day laborers or unemployed in the recent past have formed a society to work on the beach taking pictures of hundreds of tourists and delivering those to their hotel rooms. Not long […]

Kuakata ancient sail ship in tatters

The 50-foot chain displayed next to the ship near Kuakata Zero point.

The 200-year-old wooden sail ship, salvaged from under the beach in Kuakata at a cost of over one crore taka now lies in tatters due to a lack of conservation efforts. In 2013, engineers of the Bangladesh Army salvaged the ancient ship, believed to be a schooner. They painstakingly laid railway tracks over a distance […]

Water transport not sitting idle

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Traveling in Bangladesh is hazardous. Every day there are reports of buses plunging into ditches, lorries ramming into crowded bazars and unruly students and transport workers creating traffic jam on the roads. As the population grows, our roads are set to get even worse.   However despite all the hazards Bangladesh offers one of the […]

Speed breakers on highways slow economy

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The distance between the third Buriganga bridge and the small town of Kalatia, by the river Dhaleshwari in the outskirts of the capital is hardly 12 kilometers.  On this short stretch, 33 speed breakers, some up to two feet high, have been built by villagers trying to tame reckless driving.  To add to this, more […]

Jally : Where time is stuck

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Time has been stuck for hundreds of years in the village of Jally, 170 kilometers northwest of the capital. For centuries nothing has moved here to impose any threat to the nature.  The village is connected to the outer world by a narrow earthen road through some of the most picturesque landscapes.  Lush green paddy […]

Sundarbans: Karamjal ranger saves the crocodiles

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With a unique crocodile breeding program, a 46 feet high watch tower and a 1,800-meter long elevated walkway through the Sundarbans, Karamjal near Mangla is the most visited site in the mangrove forest of Bangladesh. Every year around 2,50000 visitors take the 40-minute trip on boats from Mangla to have a first hand experience of […]

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