The first Chinese-built underwater tunnel in Bangladesh and South Asia was inaugurated, representing a significant milestone for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Bangladesh-China cooperation. The tunnel, named the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel, connects the proposed Asian Highway to the Dhaka-Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar Highway, reducing the distance between Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar by 40 kilometers. This project is hailed as a monumental achievement and a source of national pride by Bangladeshi officials.
It was funded jointly by the governments of Bangladesh and China and constructed by China Communications Construction Company, Ltd. The tunnel’s construction employed Chinese design, technology, and standards, with a technical guide tailored to Bangladesh’s specific conditions. The tunnel’s inauguration signifies Bangladesh’s entry into the era of underwater tunnels. The project is expected to have a significant positive impact on trade, tourism, and the Bangladeshi economy.
The tunnel is viewed as a symbol of the strong partnership between China and Bangladesh, reflecting China’s commitment to supporting Bangladesh’s development and economic growth. The completion of this project is part of the broader efforts of the BRI, which aims to establish a comprehensive trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Source – CGTN