Another 1,500 Rohingya refugees on their way to Bhasan Char
Dhaka, January 30: Another 1,500 Rohingyas have started their journey from the Cox's Bazar refugee camp to Bhasan Char via Chittagong. The group of 1,467 people started their journey from Patenga area of Chittagong in four ships at 9 am on Saturday.
They were brought to Chittagong by bus from Ukhiya Degree College ground on Friday afternoon.
Navy Rear Admiral Mozammel Haque said they left at 9am on Saturday. Their luggage is being taken by another ship.
He said the Navy and Coast Guard had two ships and four speedboats with them to ensure safety.
Earlier on Friday, a group of 1,776 people reached Bhasan Char. They were brought to Chittagong from Cox's Bazar on Thursday. The fourth group is going to Bhasan Char, where the government has provided improved accommodation for the refugees.
In the first phase, 1,642 Rohingyas were relocated to Bhasanchar on December 4 and in the second phase, 1,805 Rohingyas were relocated to Bhasanchar on December 28.
Two years ago, the government planned to relocate a portion of the 1.1 million Rohingya living in and outside the Cox's Bazar refugee camp to Bhasan Char on the Meghna estuary near Hatiya.
With the government's own funding at a cost of Tk 2,312 crore, the infrastructure of 120 cluster villages has been built on 13,000 acres to accommodate more than one lakh people.