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Watch Tower foreshadows a great prospect for tourism in Bhola
Our Correspondent
Published :Thursday, 15 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 64
BHOLA, Oct 14: With the establishment of a magnificent 'Watch Tower' at Charfassion upazila here, Bangladesh will enjoy the credit of having the highest watch tower in Asia. The fascinating tower of 215 ft height and 30ft width, is now at the implementation phase, and will be raised up to 18th floor by using latest innovative technology, relevant sources informed.
The watch tower will open a new avenue for tourists to explore the fascinating beauty of the Bay of Bengal and the charming scenario of Char Kukri-Mukri. On the south of Charfassion upazila, there exist a number of segregated islands including Char Kukri-Mukri, Dhalchar, and Tarua. With the completion of the impressive watch tower, the socio-economic condition of the area will see a major change, the sources opined.
The watch tower is being constructed at a cost of about Tk 20 crore. It will be equipped with capsule lift, powerful binocular, sophisticated restaurant at the top and facility packages to ensure full range amusement and merriment to the tourists.
To accomplish the massive task, sophisticated technical accessories and appliances are being assembled in the entire system. More priorities have been given to the inside arrangements in the best interest of tourists, the source clarified.
The watch tower is mainly aimed at facilitating the tourists with watching long distance scenario of a vast area ranging around 100 kilometres.
Detailing further, one expert associated with the implementation team, informed that the tourists will enjoy the scenic beauty of the Tetulia River in the west, fluctuating waves of the Meghna River in the east, and the wider horizon of the Bay of Bengal including the fascinating scenario of Char Kukri-Mukri in the south.
Meanwhile, an eco-park has been established at a vast area covering Char Kukri-Mukri, Dhalchar and the adjoining forest areas.
Besides, one rest house is under construction with a total cost of Tk 10 crore. Provided with all sorts of amenities, the tourists will enjoy their moments with full jubilation and satisfaction.
Other than the research centre of the Department of Forest, no other establishments befitting the standard of the tourist spot, has been developed for attracting tourists before, the sources outlined.
Mayor of Charfassion Municipality, while speaking with The Daily Observer, informed that with the financing of the Ministry of Local Government, the municipality authority is engaged in erecting the tower adjacent to Khashmahal Mosque and Fassion Squire. Architect Kamruzzaman Liton is the designer of the tower. Started in 2013, 80 per cent of the construction work has been completed. If everything goes well, the tower will be inaugurated on December 16 this year.
Assistant Engineer Mohammad Ali, detailing the structural position of the steel-made tower, said at the initial stage of the construction, 75ft deep piling work has been completed. The modern lift will accommodate 16 persons at a time, while the entire sides of the tower will be covered with 5-millimetre-deep transparent glass. At the 17th floor, there will be a refreshing centre, the engineer highlighted.
A joint venture company of Younus Al Mamun and Sarkar Steel, Kawran Bazar, Dhaka, is implementing the project with the consultative advice of Architect Forum.
Chairman of Charfassion upazila, passing his opinion, demanded necessary measures so that the entire place surrounding the magnificent watch tower can emerge as a popular tourist centre.

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