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Bringing Chittagong back on track

  • Published at 10:16 pm October 28th, 2019
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A metro rail stands to be highly beneficial to both the average citizen and for commercial activity

Offering immense economic potential at numerous fronts, it’s absolutely incontrovertible that the port city of Chittagong is not being utilized to its full capacity.

With links to Nepal, India, Bhutan, and China, the city seems to have fallen by the wayside when it comes to the overall development of our nation, at least in comparison to the capital city of Dhaka. This is largely due to the fact that policy-makers have, thus far, ignored the tremendous strategic advantages that Chittagong provides.

And this neglect is hurting the whole country.

But that might be about to change: Recent reports of the government considering building a metro railway -- akin to that of the one currently under construction in Dhaka -- is definitely heartening, and brings hope that the administration is finally recognizing just how important Chittagong stands to be if equipped with the necessary resources.

While the city is still in desperate need of a deep sea port, the construction of a metro rail stands to be highly beneficial to both the average citizen and for commercial activity.

Chittagong is a city that is desperate in its need for infrastructural reform, and there is no better way to remedy that than by introducing a metro rail.

In recent years, Bangladesh has emerged as a formidable player in the global economy, but to carry this success through to the future, Chittagong’s infrastructural integrity -- especially its port capacities -- must be advanced.

It’s high time the government brought Chittagong back on track, if not for the long-term goal of decentralizing the nation, then definitely to give our economy an additional boost.