Deal #7901

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Sabrang, Bangladesh

Latitude
20.8090088
Longitude
92.293336
Facility name
Sabrang Tourism Park
Target country
Bangladesh
Location description
This facilitiy is located at Sabrang in Teknaf upazila under Cox’s Bazar District.
Comment on location
The site is located at approximately 8 kms from the center of Teknaf Upazila and is about 210 Kms from Chittagong Railway Station and around 96 Kms from Cox’s Bazar International Airport.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
391.33
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
471.4
Comment on land area
The total land area demarcated for the proposed tourism park was 967 acres (391.33 ha) [SIA done by PWC for BEZA] According to Cox's Bazar District Portal (run by Cox's Bazar DC office, Government of Bangladesh) update, 1164.8522 acres (471.4 ha) of land has been officially transferred (leased out) to BEZA for this tourism park. Whereas BEZA website describes it is encompassing an area of 1027 acres (415.61 ha) ‍and latest media reports (Prothom Alo, 19 Feb 2020 and the Financial Express on 23 Mar 2020) describes that tourism park encompassing an area of 1,047 acres (423.7 ha).

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Tourism (471 ha)

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Implementation status

Implementation status
Startup phase (no production)

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (total)
7000

Operating company

Operating company
Comment on investment chain
Investor is the government of Bangladesh through BEZA

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Government sources

Data source #2

Data source type
Government sources
Publication title
Social Impact Assessment
Date
2016-06

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
টেকনাফ সাবরাং এক্সক্লুসিভ ট্যুরিজম জোন উদ্বোধন আজ
Date
2016-02-28

Data source #4

Data source type
Government sources
Publication title
PROSPECTUS FOR ALLOTMENT OF LAND IN SABRANG TOURISM PARK

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Sabrang Park likely to be ready by this year
Date
2020-03-23

Data source #6

Data source type
Government sources
Publication title
সাবরাং এক্সক্লুসিভ অর্থনৈতিক অঞ্চল

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
PM Hasina for no high-rise buildings along sea
Date
2020-02-19

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
No updated data available. SIA Report from PWC describes quoting government data that no ethnic minority people were there in Teknaf upazila where the site is in.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Comment on consultation of local community
The site is on mostly government land (Khas land) there was 60 acres (24 ha) private land acquiring process as the update of District portal describes. SIA of PWC shows that Detailed consultations in the form of Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) carried out at different locations within the residential settlements in close proximity to the project site. The community perceives that the project will help in providing sustained employment opportunities, means of livelihood, better service facilities, and better conveyance. Apprehensions raised by the community for the Khal which serves as the source of prawn culture. However no available data regarding consent of the land owner during land transfer.

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
No available data

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State
Private (smallholders)

Former land use

Former land use
Other

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Marginal land
Other land (e.g. developed land – specify in comment field)
Comment on former land cover
Beach area: 135.71 acres (54.9 ha), Crop land: 91.68 acres (37 ha) and Government land (unspecified): 937.46 acres (379.38 ha)

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Groundwater
Surface water (River)
Comment on source of water extraction
The SIA report by PWC/BEZA mentions that the establishment of the tourism park will impact on groundwater, surfacewater in the adjacent locations and areas. Over withdrawal of groundwater can cause water issues at adjacent areas. as they all might tap the same aquifer. The vehicular movement during the construction and operation phase will cause significant impacts on the local air quality and noise.

May 29, 2020, 12:21 p.m.

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