An 80-kilometre road from Cox's Bazar to Teknaf along the Bay of Bengal, billed as the world's longest Marine Drive, has been opened to traffic.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the coastal road on Saturday morning, at the 28th-kilometre point of the road at Inani.
Bangladesh Army constructed the Marine Drive under supervision of the Roads and Highways Department.
The construction cost around Tk1,050 crore, army's Engineer Construction Battalion 16 Commander Lt Col KM Mehedi Hasan said.
Cox's Bazar will be able to attract more foreign tourists with this road, he hoped.
Prime Minister Hasina also opened an expanded runway at the Cox’s Bazar International Airport in the morning for, easier take off and landing of larger planes.
She is scheduled to inaugurate several other development works including Cox’s Bazar Medical College Hospital, Cox’s Bazar IT Park, the Naf Tourism Project, and two floating LNG terminals in Moheshkhali.
The prime minister was also set to address a public meeting at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in the afternoon.