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Foreign minister: Bhashan Char either could be resort or place for homeless

  • Published at 07:43 pm February 16th, 2020
File Photo: In this handout aerial photo taken on June 19, 2019 and released on October 21 by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects shows buildings intended to accommodate members of the Rohingya refugee community on the silt islet Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal AFP

Dr AK Abdul Momen recently visited Bangabandhu Shilpanagar, Matarbari power plant and Bhashan Char

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bhashan Char, an island in Noakhali district, can either be a resort or a good place for homeless people, instead of relocating Rohingyas there.

“We can think of an alternative instead of sending Rohingyas there. This is my personal opinion and there has been no decision from the government yet,” he told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

Sharing his recent experience of visiting Bhashan Char, Dr Momen said it is a very beautiful place with a nice lake and other facilities. “So beautiful place it is!”  

Mentioning economic activities there, the foreign minister said it would be better if other people are sent to Bhashan Char instead of sending Rohingyas only, reports UNB.

He said there are high and huge dams around the area.

Earlier, the foreign minister said Bangladesh would not relocate Rohingya people to Bhashan Char if all concerned think that would be a problem for them.

Bangladesh is hosting around 1.1 to 1.2 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district and there is a fear that there might be landslides during the upcoming monsoon causing casualties, according to officials.

The foreign minister recently visited Bangabandhu Shilpanagar, Matarbari power plant (under construction) and Bhashan Char.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present during the visit.

“It is amazing!” said Dr Momen describing what he saw and mentioned the government wants to increase investment, export and diversify the export basket.