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Over 700 Rohingyas on way to Bhasan Char

Another 1,200 more Rohingyas are being relocated to Noakhali’s Bhashan Char in the 10th phase.

A total of 718 Rohingyas left for Chattogram in 13 buses from Ukhia Degree College premises in Cox’s Bazar.

Earlier in the morning, members of the law enforcement agencies escorted the Rohingyas and their families to the college premises.

Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s representative at Bashan Char Tanvir Ahmed said, “A group of Rohingyas have left the camp for Bhasan Char. They will reach Chattogram at night probably and is scheduled to reach Bhasan Char the next morning. We have taken necessary preparation in accordance with this plan.”

Additional Superintendent of Police Kamran Hossain said that in the tenth phase, a total of 1,200 Rohingyas are being shifted to Bhasan Char from the camps this time.

A group of Rohingyas has already left the camp for Bhasan Char, he added.

A total of 11 lakh Rohingyas including those who arrived earlier have currently been residing in various camps in Cox’s Bazar.

The government undertook a project in November 2017 to relocate 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char and the Bangladesh Navy was given the responsibility to implement the project called Ashrayan-3.

According to official data, the Bhasanchar Asrayan Project was implemented at a cost of Tk 3,095 crore from the government’s own funds for the relocation of Rohingyas under the supervision of the Navy.

An infrastructure of 120 cluster villages suitable for 100,000 Rohingyas has been built on an area of 13,000 acres in Bhasan Char.

The Bangladesh Navy is responsible for the implementation and management of the entire housing project in Bhasan Char.