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Poor condition of roads preventing tourists from discovering China Matir Pahar

  • Published at 11:17 pm January 28th, 2020
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Vehicles stuck in mud road that leads to China Matir Pahar in Mymensingh Dhaka Tribune

The spot is also home to a large number of people of indigenous communities, including Garo and Hajong

The poor condition of roads has been barring tourists from exploring the mesmerizing beauty of China Matir Pahar (Hill of China Clay) for some time now, a correspondent reports.

The clay hills have already attracted many tourists because of its colourful soil, which displays almost all the colours of the rainbow. Sometimes tourists feel that the soil is burnt, or something to that effect.

The place is surrounded by many blue lakes as well as the Shameshwari River. There  are also the Ranikhoing Girza (church), Komla Ranir Dighi, and Garo Pahar which adds an extra charm to the spot.

The spot is also home to a large number of people of indigenous communities, including Garo and Hajong. The unique lifestyle of the indigenous population also attracts people who visit there.

China Matir Pahar, also know as Hill of China Clay | Dhaka Tribune

However, tourists said they have been facing difficulties to reach the China Matir Pahar as a road measuring around 20 kms, stretching from Tarakanda upazila to Goatola of Dhobaura upazila in Mymensingh, is in dire straits.

The condition of the road is very poor due to a lack of renovation and repair over many years. People have to struggle to visit the place as vehicles cannot move through the roads easily. It takes two to three extra hours to reach there, in comparison to the usual time.

Mala Rani Sarkar, Assistant Professor of Kalsindur High School and College, said she recently visited China Matir Pahar along with her other family members to explore the beauty of the place. However, she was saddened by the poor road infrastructure.

"We needed four hours to reach the clay hill, whereas we could have reached the place in one to two hours if the road had been in good condition," she added.

Dhobaura Women Degree College Principal Helal Uddin said the  China Matir Pahar could be a popular tourist spot if the roads are renovated.

Dhobaura Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rafikuzzaman said: “Aiming at the development of the tourist industry here, we have already sent proposals to the authorities concerned to renovate the road infrastructure. If the proposals are passed, the problems will be solved."