A steel structure in Bhola rivalling the height of a 21-storey building aims to draw attention to the island district.
The Jakob Watchtower in Charfesson, named after local MP and Deputy Minister of Forests and Environment Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, is part of an initiative to promote tourism in Bhola. The 225-feet watchtower aims to offer unparallel view of 100 square kilometres of surrounding area.
The 16-storey structure can accommodate around 50 visitors on each level. The watchtower cost around Tk10 crore and is built to withstand earthquakes of 8.0 magnitude. A luxurious resort is attached to the tower, which cost another Tk10 crore.
An elevator will take visitors to the topmost levels, providing a scenic display of the picturesque mangroves, sea, and river of Charfesson. Visitors can see as far as the island of Manpura, Char Kukrimukri, Dhal Char, Tarua Beach, Bay of Bengal, and parts of Patuakhali.
President Abdul Hamid is set to visit Bhola to inaugurate the watchtower on Tuesday.
The local municipal authority has determined the entry fee as Tk100.
Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, the tower’s namesake and project patron, told the Dhaka Tribune that the watchtower will script a new chapter for tourism and architecture in Bangladesh.
“The structure will give Bhola a new identity to introduce to the world,” he hoped.