June 21, 2024, 4:21 pm

Abdul Aziz, Cox's Bazar

2023-01-13 18:37:59 BdST

Tourist ships to operate on Teknaf-Saint Martin's route from Friday

Cox's Bazar district administration has allowed two tourist ships to operate experimentally on the Teknaf-Saint Martin's Island waterway, after almost three months, from Friday morning.

The vessels that have been granted permission are - MV Rajhansa and MV Parijat.

The permission was granted at the Cox's Bazar deputy commissioner's office on Thursday, said Additional District Magistrate Abu Sufian.

He said: “Two ships have been allowed to sail for experimental purposes. Some conditions were also given to protect the environment. After the permitted ships return safely from Saint Martin's Island, the rest of the tourist ships will be allowed to sail as well.”

Sea Cruise Operator Owners Association of Bangladesh (SQUAB) President Tofail Ahmad said: “MV Parijat and MV Rajhansa have been given permission. One of the ships can carry 525 passengers and the other can carry 410 passengers.”

“Due to the increased oil prices, the ticket price may be increased by Tk150-200 from the previous price. If the price of oil falls, the price of ticks will also be reduced as well,” he added.

Tour Operator Owners Association of Cox's Bazar (TOAC) President Anwar Kamal said: “Tourism season begins in two months. During these two months, we want to delight tourists by giving them the chance to visit Saint Martin's Islam.”

The Teknaf-Saint Martin's waterway has been suspended for over three months due to navigability crisis and unrest along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

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