Gabkhan Channel and Bridge – Tourism Info

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Gabkhan Channel and Bridge

Gabkhan Channel was dug in 1918 from the Sugandha-Biskhali Rivers of Jhalakati up to the Kocha-Sandha Rivers on the west end of Pirojpur. As a result of digging this 18 kilometre (11 miles) long channel which is famously known as the Suej Canal of Bengal, has reduced 118 kilometre (73 miles) distance between Dhaka-Mongla. The width of this artificially dug canal was about 75 metres (246 feet) in the beginning but at present, the width has been reduced to a half. Along the Barisal-Pirojpur Highway over the Gabkhan channel, a 918 metre (3012 feet) long bridge was built in 2003. This is the 5th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge. The movement of various species of birds on the vast char (strip of sandy land) that emerged at the mouth of the river adjacent to the bridge attract the tourists.

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