Cable Car to Give Tourists Bird’s Eye View of Beautiful Mirinza
In an effort to attract more tourists to this beautiful part of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, is planning to connect two slopes at Mirinza in the Banderban district by means of the country’s first cable car. This state-of-the-art cable car is expected to be in operation by the end of the year, and as the first ever to be put into operation in Bangladesh, it is expected to attract visitors from within Bangladesh as well as international travelers.
The Mirinza cable car is a project initiated primarily by the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs and is estimated to cost Tk 5 crore. It will run along a distance of more than one kilometer to connect two hills at Mirinza, under Lama upazila in Banderban. The cable car is a further development in the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation’s Mirinza Tourist Complex Project which has already completed an internal road between the two hills, as well as an up-market restaurant. An observation tower is included in the project, which will allow visitors to have a stunning view of the surrounding hills, as well as the Bay of Bengal.
Mirinza is a quiet area with great natural beauty, which will be seen to its full advantage from the cable car. It is located near the Lama upzila headquarters, about 16 kilometers from the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Road at Fanshikhali point and around 120 kilometers from the seaport city of Chittagong itself. Mirinza is gaining in popularity with domestic and international travelers who are drawn by its beauty and tranquility, finding that it really is the perfect escape from busy metropolitan areas.
In preparation for the cable car, a power substation has already been established at Mirinza, and project manager, Nazrul Islam, estimates that the building of the cable car would take from six to eight months to complete. Tourism analyst and editor of the well respected travel magazine Bangladesh Monitor, Kazi Wahidul Alam, is optimistic that the number of tourists in the region may double once the cable car is launched. Shafique Alam Mehdi, chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, echoes this optimism, noting that it will present a wonderful opportunity for domestic tourists to experience a ride on a cable car for the first time, and for both international and domestic tourists to get a bird’s eye view of the beauty of this region of Bangladesh.