Medhakachhapia National Park has enormous tourism potential

Cox’s Bazar’s Chakaria upazila


OUR CORRESPONDENT
| Published: June 15, 2024 8:57:26 PM


COX’S BAZAR, June: Medhakachhapia National Park, a special tropical evergreen forest in Chakaria upazila of Cox’s Bazar, possesses the potential to be a great tourist destination.
The park is rich in natural resources and has been declared a protected forest area for the conservation of biodiversity in Bangladesh.
Located in the Khutakhali union of Chakaria, the park is a great source of entertainment for the visitors and various activities related to biodiversity conservation are also notable features here.
Medhakachhapia National Park is a forest of unparalleled natural beauty that was recognized as a national park by the government in 2008.
The park spreads over an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 396 hectares and is home to gurjan, telsur, bailam, gamar and chapalish trees.
Thanks to the flora here, a variety of wildlife survives. In addition to insects and butterflies, various species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals also live here.
The forest is currently being redesigned with the construction of various infrastructures, including arches and the digging of artificial lakes.
Two and a half thousand saplings of different species have been planted on the banks of the one kilometer long lake.
In the future, the lake is expected to be expanded by another kilometer.
A suspension bridge is being built. Several toilets are also being built on both sides of the lake.
Abul Kashem Sikdar, a local resident, said the landscape of Medhakachhapia National Park is a sight to behold.
The park attracts the attention of everyone who drives from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar on the highway.
For the convenience of tourists, toilets and sheds are also being constructed at various places in the park.
Gias Uddin and Zamir Uddin, who visited the park, said this park could play an important role in the development of Cox’s Bazar’s tourism sector.
If properly maintained, the park can become an attractive recreation center for tourists.
Currently the park has an artificial lake and large trees that are impressive.
Faridul Alam Shahin, co-chairman of Dharitri Rakkhay Amra (DHORA), Cox’s Bazar, said, “The environment and biodiversity of the park are being damaged day by day due to various types of anti-environmental activities.”
In addition, wildlife habitats and breeding grounds are declining due to excessive exploitation of forest resources and deforestation.
Moreover, the natural environment of the park is disturbed by insensitive activities of tourists.
As a result, several animals in the park are now endangered. Therefore, effective management is required to protect biodiversity.
Cox’s Bazar North Forest Department Phulchari range officer Humayun Ahmed said, “The main trees of this park are dhakijam, vadi, telsur and chapalish. Also, many species of animals live in this park. Like fishing tigers, elephants, monkeys, upside-down monkey , wild cat, wild rooster, dolphin, eagle, green-lipped finch, kite, shaman and other species.”
He also said, “While protecting this vast forest area with less manpower, we often face various obstacles. Yet we have protected government properties at the risk of our lives.”
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Cox’s Bazar North Forest Division Anwar Hossain Sarkar said the spectacular one-kilometre-long lake in the park will add a new dimension to tourism.
Dulahazara Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is located in the southeastern part of the lake. On the north side there are hiking trails and ‘tree adventures’ in the roaring forest.
In the future, this lake will be expanded by another kilometer. A beautiful suspension bridge and various toilets are being built over the lake. Boats will be launched to travel in the waters of the lake.
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