No toilet or food courts at the spot
A promising tourist spot, Shada-pathar in Bholaganj of Companiganj upazila is admired by many local tourists for it’s captivating beauty, but lacks tourism infrastructure.
In the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, thousands of tourists who visited Shada-pathar were mesmerized by the landscape of hills, clouds and the crystal clear Dhalai river streaming between heaps of white stones.
Tourists in the area expressed disappointment to this correspondent regarding the lack of tourism infrastructure in the area.
A tourist, Rajan Mia, said: “The spot attracts a lot of tourists but has no toilet and food outlets which causes tourists discomfort.”
Rabiul and his friends came to enjoy their Eid holidays at Shada-pathar. They were saddened by the fact that they had to leave the spot before evening as there is no place to stay overnight.
On the day after Eid, tourist Abdur Rashid, a former student of East West University, visited the spot with his USA expatriate brother and other family members. The spot was admired by many of Rashid’s friends and relatives when he broadcast his experience on Facebook live.
Some tourists from Habiganj said: “The beauty of Sada-pathar is really an enjoyable experience. If there were more facilities for tourists at this spot it could become one of the most attractive tourist spots in the country.”
Sylhet district Deputy Commissioner M Kazi Emdadul Islam, and Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Md Mejbah Uddin Chowdhury, visited Shada-pathar with their family on Saturday.
Companiganj police station Officer-in-Charge Md Tajul Islam said: “To ensure the safety of tourists police patrols have been increased in the area.”
Companiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Bijen Banarjee said: “Security was beefed up at the spot by special teams of BGB and police. For the benefit of gradually increasing tourists, the construction of public toilets, cooking spots, and rest areas, are already in progress.
“We have already fixed boat fares in the area,” added UNO Bijen.