4th batch of Rohingyas leaves for Bhasan Char

Staff Correspondent

15 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The fourth batch of Rohingyas willing to go to Bhasan Char voluntarily left Cox’s Bazar camps on Sunday.

In the fourth batch, the authorities concerned will shift around 3,500 Rohingyas to the island under Noakhali district on Monday and Tuesday. Nearly 1500 to 2,000 Rohingyas will be shifted on each of the days.

The groups of Rohingyas have already been brought on Ukhiya Degree College playground by minibuses on Sunday.

A total of 30 buses carrying around 2,000 Rohingyas have left for Chattogram from Ukhiya College ground on Sunday, according to multiple sources.

Commodore M Rashed Sattar, project director of Ashrayan-3 Project told daily sun: “Rohingyas, after reaching Chattogram, will stay at BAF Shaheen College, Chattogram under the supervision of the Bangladesh Navy for the day.”

They will be taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali from Chattogram on Monday morning, he added.

Another 1,500 Rohingyas will be sent to Chattogram from Ukhiya on Monday and later they will be taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali from Chattogram on Tuesday morning.

Amid criticism from the international community over the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char, a total 6688 Rohingyas have already moved to the island.

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 last year and the third group on January 29 and 30.

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 camps 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 bamboo and tarpaulin made houses in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Most of the Rohingyas said the law and order is very good here in Bhasan Char.

As part of recreation arrangements, two separate clubs have been inaugurated for Rohingya people who have been relocated in Bhasan Char. One is musical club, the other is sports club.

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 3,095 crore has been completed.

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

These cluster houses have been built in the style of cluster villages.

A total 12 houses are in each cluster. Each house has 16 rooms. Each room can accommodate four people.

The mobile phone network on the island is provided by Grameenphone and Robi. A police station and fire station are also there.