Development work has stalled despite various plans and projects to save the beach having been taken up by politicians since 2004
A two-kilometre area of the scenic Kuakata sea beach, the second largest tourist spot in the country, has been eroding away over the last few months.
The embankment, with its various species of trees as well as gardens, an eco-park and houses, is on the verge of extinction as the monsoon rains speed up erosion.
“Just two weeks ago, part of a coconut garden of the beach was washed away by a tidal surge,” said Patuakhali Deputy Commissioner Dr Md Mansur Ahmed, also president of the Kuakata Sea Beach Management Committee.
Some green parks and farms are now under threat from erosion and natural disaster, he said, adding that "necessary measures to save the beach should be taken as soon as possible."
Locals have expressed their worry over the worsening situation.
Development work has stalled despite various plans and projects to save the beach having been taken up by politicians since 2004, they said.
Md Abul Khayer, executive engineer of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in Kolapara, said a project proposal involving Tk212 crore was sent to the Planning Commission in January this year for final approval, but the commission has only recently sent it back.
"As a result, the development works have stopped. But, the repair and development works of the dam have started," he added.
Motaleb Sharif, general secretary of Kuakata Hotel-Motel Owners Association, said they were worried over the uncertain future of the much-sought “Kuakata save and development” project, as it would have led to the overall development of the tourist spot.
Local MP Alhaj Mahbubur Rahman said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed the authorities concerned to take necessary measures for the development of Kuakata.
"There is nothing to worry about," he added.