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Sightseeing bus hits Cox's Bazar marine drive

ABDUL MONAYEM KHAN | Published: February 28, 2020 11:09:06 | Updated: February 28, 2020 17:02:54

Sightseeing bus hits Cox's Bazar marine drive

A new open-roof sightseeing bus has been launched in Cox's Bazar.

The bus will run along the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf marine drive giving tourists an opportunity to watch the beautiful waterfront and hilly areas along the 80-kilometre-long road.

People usually enjoy the beauty of the marine drive by private cars or hiring risky battery-run three-wheelers.

"We are giving a unique experience to the tourists to feel the sound of the waves crashing on the shore while travelling along the largest marine drive of Bangladesh," Managing Director of Caravan Services, the owning company of the bus, Tanjil Ahmed, said on Thursday.

The tourist bus named "Acuaholic Tourist Caravan" is an initiative of 10 youths who passed out from universities recently.

They invested more than Tk 10 million (1.0 crore) to start the new entrepreneurship in the beach city.

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Cox's Bazar District Administration Mohammad Sahjahan Ali formally inaugurated the tourist caravan.

In his opening speech, he said many developed countries have this kind of tourist buses. At last this has been introduced in Cox's Bazar.

This tourist bus would make a good contribution to boosting the tourism sector, Sahjahan Ali said. Local elite and tourists were present at the inaugural function.

This is the first and only one open-roof tourist bus of the country as in foreign countries.

Managing Director of Caravan Services Tanjil Ahmed said they fixed Tk 2,000 per ticket as the bus fare.

He said the fare includes supplementary breakfast, lunch and snacks.

"This is a day-long package," he said.

Everyday this bus will start for Teknaf Peninsula at 9:00 am from the Kalatoli point of Cox's Bazar town. It will stay at the beautiful Sabrang tourism park of Teknaf and will return to Cox's Bazar in the evening, company people said.

Mr Ahmed said this two-story decorated bus has a open roof, big size windows, comfortable chairs and a library of tourism-related books.

The bus has a total of 48 seats, consisting of 36 seats at the level II and 12 seats at the level I.

The tourists will see mountains and fountains on one side and blue sea and red crab racing on the shelf on the other side


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