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Infrastructural development works need to boost the tourist at Khadimnagar National Part

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Infrastructural development works need to boost the tourist at

Khadimnagar National Part

Rezaul Haque, (Sylhet)Bangladesh:

The vast Khadimnagar National Park near the city of Sylhet is not

getting as much tourist attraction it deserves due to dillydallying of the

concerned authorities in carrying out infrastructural development works

the more than half a century old reserve forest needed, said city

dwellers.

People of the district since long are arguing that the eye soothing vast

natural greenery of the park, previously known as Khadimnagar Reserve

Forest, can be a popular destination for tourists in home and abroad if

only the adequate state-of-the-art modern facilities are incorporated.

But even after 18 years of receiving national park status, infrastructural

development needed to make the 1676.73-acre park more tourist-

friendly has not been made.

But divisional forest officer Sajjad Hussain of Sylhet, however, claimed

that a project aiming to make the park more environment-friendly is

being considered by the authorities. “We have a big plan to be

introduced soon which will develop the forest and attract more tourists’.

Mentionable, the erstwhile Khadimnagar Reserve Forest was established

in 1957 with more than one and a half thousand acres of land. The park

is one of the most important protected areas of Bangladesh, because of

its interesting biodiversity.

 

The park is about 8-9 km long but just about 0.5 km in width, pierced by

three separate trekking trails for walking, cycling and sightseeing. The

rectangular park is surrounded by tea states on both sides.

Pin drop silence is everywhere once you are inside the park, interfered

only by the mixed sound of the continuous humming and buzzing of

birds and unknown insects.

Since the Khadimnagar reserve forest renamed National Park in 2006,

the Forest Department has been focusing on creating a tourist-friendly

environment. Although not many, a number of tourists regularly visit

this relaxed tranquil forest.

Visiting tourists said that the forest needs more infrastructural

development especially inroads and accommodations for tourists

adjacent to the park.

The national park is an exceptional centre of biodiversity; forest

department is saying several steps have been taken to attract more

tourists.

To enjoy with different types of rides including trail tracking and other

exciting rides tourists have to travel around 14 kilometers from the main

Sylhet town. Good accommodation facilities are also available for the

tourist who wants to stay overnight.

The park is full of all natural ingredients. Tourism experts saying, if

adequate infrastructural development can be ensured here, the park will

once become the main tourism attraction of the Sylhet city.

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