3,000 more Rohingyas to be relocated to Bhasan Char on Jan 29-30

Staff Correspondent

27 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has planned to relocate some 3,000 more Rohingyas to Bhasan Char by the end of this month to ease the pressure on the cramped Cox’s Bazar camps.

This would be the third batch of the refugees to be relocated to Bhasan Char located in Char Ishwar Union of Hatiya Upazila of Noakhali.

Commodore Abdullah Al Mamun Chowdhury, project director of Ashrayan-3 Project (the official title of the Bhasan Char project), told the Daily Sun: “We have been directed to be ready for 2,000-3,000 Rohingyas. The relocation will take place on January 29 and 30.”

Amid criticism from the international community over the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char, a total of 3446 Rohingyas have already been moved to Bhasan Char.

The first group of Rohingyas arrived at Bhasan Char on December 4 last year amid concerns from international rights groups. The second group of Rohingyas arrived on December 29.

Rohingyas, who have come to the planned accommodation at Bhasan Char from the unsafe and unhealthy environment of the huts made of bamboo and tarpaulin in the shelter camp in Cox's Bazar, expressed their relief and satisfaction after living more than one month.

Many Rohingyas said they are happy with the facilities provided here by the Bangladesh government and that they don’t want to go back to the camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Most of the Rohingyas said the law and order situation is very good in Bhasan Char, and that there have not been any security concerns.

As part of recreation arrangements, two separate clubs --- a music club and a sports club ---have been inaugurated for Rohingya people living in Bhasan Char.

The once remote char has been radically changed in just two years. Once upon a time, there was nothing but a few trees and a few buffaloes. Bangladesh Navy has transformed that char into a new town.

All the work of this project taken at Bhasan Char at a cost of around Tk 30.95 billion has been completed.

A total of 1,440 cluster houses and 120 shelter houses, four-storey buildings, have already been set up in Bhasan Char to temporarily relocate a section of Rohingya people. Cluster houses have been built in the style of cluster villages.

There are 12 houses in each cluster house. Each house has 16 rooms, each of which can accommodate four people.

The mobile phone network on the island is provided by Grameenphone and Robi. A police station and fire station have also been set up.