Hathimatha hill, an inaccessible hill in Perachhara union of Sadar upazila of Khagrachari, is now adorned with iron stairs. The Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board has built a staircase on the hill known as “Edoshira Mone” by the tribals.
The stairs were officially opened on June 3. Chairman of Sadar Upazila Parishad Chanchumani Chakma and Executive Engineer of Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board Khagrachari Branch Office Sahabuddin Chowdhury were present on the occasion. They said that with the start of the stairs, it has become easier and risk-free for the tribals of many villages of Matiranga Upazila to come and go to the district headquarters.
Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Chanchumani Chakma said he was grateful to those concerned for completing the construction of the stairs. This is to the advantage of those who walk on the Edoshira Mone. They made the walkway risk-free.
Executive Engineer Sahabuddin Chowdhury said, this area and the walkway road is very inaccessible. In response to the demands of the people’s representatives, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board undertook a project to build an iron staircase. Initially, the cost of the project was estimated at Tk 12 lakh. However, the construction of the stairs cost much more than estimated.
The hill named Edoshira Mon is situated on the border of Khagrachari Sadar and Matiranga upazilas. Residents of many villages of Matiranga Upazila used to come and go to the district town through this inaccessible hilly road due to the short distance. Until then, they used a 30-foot-tall tree ladder to get to or from Edoshira. It was very risky and dangerous. Several people have also died while crossing this risky ladder. Construction company officials said the staircase is 306 feet long. It has about 300 steps. No damage was done to the hill during construction. The staircase is constructed with full iron rods. Talked to Hajipara resident Tribijoy Tripura. He was crossing the stairs from Matiranga to Khagrachari Sadar. he said, excitedly, the iron bridge has made it much easier for people to travel in the area.
How to go:
The main road from Perachhara Union of Khagrachari Sadar Upazila can be easily reached by all vehicles including motorcycles.
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