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Chittagong Metropolitan Area
Skyline of Chittagong City
Skyline of Chittagong City
Nickname(s): The Queen of Eastern Bengal, Commercial Capital of Bangladesh
Chittagong is located in Bangladesh
Location of Chittagong in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 22°22′N 91°48′E / 22.367°N 91.800°E / 22.367; 91.800Coordinates: 22°22′N 91°48′E / 22.367°N 91.800°E / 22.367; 91.800
Country  Bangladesh
Division Chittagong Division
District Chittagong District
Establishment 1340[1]
Granted city status 1863[2]
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Body Chittagong City Corporation
 • City Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin
 • Metropolis 168.07 km2 (64.89 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Metropolis 6,500,000
 • Metro 4,009,423
 • Demonym Chittagongians
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 4000
Calling code 31
Website Chittagong City Corporation

Chittagong /ɪtəɡɒŋ/ (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম Bengali pronunciation: [tʃɔʈʈɔgram]; Porto Grande de Bengala; Mughal Islamabad) is a major coastal seaport city and financial centre in southeastern Bangladesh. The Chittagong Metropolitan Area has a population of over 6.5 million,[4] making it the second largest city in the country. It is the capital of an eponymous district and division. The city is located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River between the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the Bay of Bengal.

The natural harbour of Chittagong has been a gateway to the historic region of Bengal for centuries.[5] It was a prominent trading centre and hosted the first European colonial enclaves in Bengal, which were operated by the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th centuries. The district was ruled the Sultanate of Bengal, the Kingdom of Mrauk U and the Mughal Empire until the 18th century, at which point it was ceded to the British East India Company. The port was the terminus of the Grand Trunk Road and the Assam Bengal Railway. During the Burma Campaign in World War II, the city was also a key base for Allied Forces. Rapid industrialisation followed the war.[6] Becoming a part of East Pakistan in 1947, the city was the site of Bangladesh's Declaration of Independence in 1971.

Modern Chittagong is a major hub of trade and industry. The Port of Chittagong is the largest international seaport on the eastern seaboard of the Bay of Bengal.[7] The city is home to many of Bangladesh's oldest and largest companies, as well as the Chittagong Stock Exchange, the Chittagong Tea Auction and the eastern division of the Bangladesh Railway. The Chittagong Naval Area is the largest base of the Bangladesh Navy. Though despite having a high and growing urban per capita GDP in South Asia[8] and being one of the fastest growing cities in the world,[9] the city has a poverty rate of 11.3%, as of 2010. Chittagong is reputed as a relatively clean city, but still confronts substantial logistical and socioeconomic problems.


The etymology of Chittagong is uncertain.[10] One explanation credits the first Arab traders for the combination of the Arabic words shatt (delta) and Ganga (Ganges).[6][10][11] The Burmese tradition is that an Arakanese king, invading in the 9th century, gave the city the name Tsit-ta-gung (to make war is improper).[10] Another legend dates the name to the spread of Islam, when a Muslim lit a chati (lamp) at the top of a hill in the city and called out (ajaan) for people to come to prayer.[12]


Xuanzang, an early Chinese traveller to Chittagong
Ibn Battuta visited Chittagong Port in Bengal in the 14th century, comparing the region to Egypt and describing it as "a hell crammed with good things"[13]
Dutch VOC ships in Chittagong, 1702

The excavation of Stone Age fossils and tools in Sitakunda indicate the presence of Neolithic settlements in the Chittagong District as early as the third millennium BCE.[14] The region was also chronicled by ancient Greek and Roman geographers. In the 2nd century, Claudius Ptolemy mentioned the port on his map as one of the finest harbours in the Eastern World.[15] Xuanzang, an ancient Chinese traveller who visited the region in the 7th century, described it as "a sleeping beauty arising from mists and water".[16] The region formed part of the ancient Bengali Buddhist kingdoms of Harikela and Samatata. According to Tibetan chronicles, the Buddhist king Govindachandra established his capital in Chittagong. He also built a great Buddhist monastery in the city. According to several historical records, the Buddhist sage Tilopa was born in Chittagong. In 1231, the region was seized by the Deva dynasty under the reign of Damodaradeva.[17]

Islam spread to the Bengal as early as the 8th century, brought by the earliest Muslim missionaries traversing the Silk Road. Arab and Persian merchants established trading posts in Chittagong during the 9th century. Arab historians named the port as Shetgang and described it as the gateway of Bengal. As early as 1154, Al-Idrisi wrote that merchants from Baghdad and Basra regularly travelled to the region.[6] In the following centuries, Sufism played an instrumental role in the rooting of Islam in Chittagong.[18]

Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah of Sonargaon conquered Chittagong in 1340.[19] The settlement of Muslim merchants, bureaucrats and soldiers helped trade to flourish in the historic Port of Chittagong. The region was an important trading centre of pearls, rice, silk, muslin, spices and ivory. Chittagong was the southeastern terminus of the Grand Trunk Road, as well as a major port on the Maritime Silk Road.[6] The Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta visited the city in 1443 and sailed from the port to Canton in China.[20][not in citation given] The Italian merchant Niccolò de' Conti visited the city around the same time as Battuta.[21] In the mid-15th century, the Chinese Treasure Fleet of Admiral Zheng He anchored in the port during numerous imperial missions to the Sultanate of Bengal.[22] The Ottoman Empire utilised the shipyards of Chittagong to build its naval forces.[23] After the defeat of Mahmud Shah at the hands of Sher Shah in 1538, the Arakanese Kingdom of Mrauk U conquered Chittagong.

The Portuguese established merchant communities on the banks of the Karnaphuli in 1528. In collusion with Magh pirates and the Arakanese, Portuguese traders dominated the area for more than a century.[24][25] The Mughal commander Shayestha Khan and his son Buzurg Umed Khan expelled the Arakanese from the area in 1666 and established Mughal rule there. After the Arakanese expulsion, Islamabad, as the area came to be known, economically progressed. This growth is largely attributed to an efficient system of granting land to selected diwans or faujdars so to clear massive areas of hinterland and start cultivation. The Mughals, like the Afghans who ruled previously, built mosques and made rich contributions to the architecture of the area. Under Mughal rule, the region of modern-day Chittagong also began to have improved connections with the rest of Bengal.[21][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

In 1685, the British East India Company sent out an expedition under Admiral Nicholson with the instructions to seize and fortify Chittagong on behalf of the English; however, the expedition proved abortive. Two years later, the company's Court of Directors decided to make Chittagong the headquarters of their Bengal trade, and sent out a fleet of ten or eleven ships to seize it under Captain Heath. However, after reaching Chittagong in early 1689, the fleet found the city too strongly held and abandoned their attempt at capturing it. The city remained under the possession of the Nawab of Bengal until 1793 when East India Company took complete control of the former Mughal province of Bengal.[32][33]

There were a number of rebellions in Chittagong against British rule, notably on 18 November 1857 when the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th companies of the 34th Bengal Infantry Regiment stationed at Chittagong rebelled and released all prisoners from the city's jail. In backlash the rebels were suppressed by the Kuki scouts and the Sylhet Light Infantry (10th Gurkha Rifles).[6]

The Port of Chittagong was majorly developed during the 19th century, alongside the development of the Assam Bengal Railway. The port was jointly administered with railway authorities, and during this time, it became an important port for the export of jute, rice, tea and oil.

Chittagong grew at the beginning of the twentieth century after the partition of Bengal and the creation of the province of Eastern Bengal and Assam.[34] The extension of the Assam Bengal Railway to Chittagong facilitated further development of economic growth in the city. However, revolutionaries and opposition movements also grew during this time. Many people in Chittagong supported Khilafat and Non-Cooperation movements.

In 1930, the Bengali revolutionary Surya Sen led the Chittagong armoury raid, an armed uprising against the British Raj in Chittagong. Sen formed the Indian Republican Army and attacked the European Club, the Telegraph Office and military garrisons in the city. Sen and his followers were later captured by colonialists, indicted by a court martial and executed.

During World War II, Chittagong cantonment, the Shah Amanat International Airport and the Port of Chittagong served as important military camps for Allied Forces fighting in the Burma Campaign. The Japanese Air Force raided the city in April and May 1942.[35][36] The war had major negative impacts on the city, including the growth of refugees and the Great Famine of 1943. However, the war also witnessed Bengali businessmen benefiting from the port's strategic status.[6]

After the war, rapid industrialisation caused the city to grow beyond its previous municipal area, particularly to the southwest, towards Patenga, where the Chittagong International Airport is now located. The former villages of Halishahar, Askarabad, and Agrabad became integrated into the city. The Chittagong Development Authority was established in 1959 and drew up master plans for the city's urban expansion.[6] However, the Pakistani central government focused more on the development of Karachi in West Pakistan, long neglecting the development of Chittagong in East Pakistan, despite the East being more populous and generating a larger share of foreign exchange earnings than the West.[37]

In 1971, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, Chittagong was part of sector 1, which since the people denied the West Pakistani army access to the port, suffered massive casualties and building damage. The declaration of independence was proclaimed over the radio from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra located at Kalurghat, Chittagong. Following the independence of Bangladesh, the city underwent a major rehabilitation and reconstruction programme, regaining its status as an important port within a few years.[6]



Chittagong lies at 22°22′0″N 91°48′0″E / 22.36667°N 91.80000°E / 22.36667; 91.80000. It straddles the coastal foothills of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh. The Karnaphuli River runs along the southern banks of the city, including its central business district. The river enters the Bay of Bengal in an estuary located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) west of downtown Chittagong. Mount Sitakunda is the highest peak in Chittagong District, with an elevation of 351 metres (1,152 ft).[38] Within the city itself, the highest peak is Batali Hill at 85.3 metres (280 ft). Chittagong has many lakes that were created under Mughal rule. In 1924, an engineering team of the Assam Bengal Railway established the Foy's Lake.[38]

National parks and beaches[edit]

The Chittagong Division is known for its rich biodiversity. Over 2000 of Bangladesh's 6000 flowering plants grow in the region.[39] Its hills and jungles are laden with waterfalls, fast flowing river streams and elephant reserves. St. Martin's Island, within the Chittagong Division, is the only coral island in the country. The fishing port of Cox's Bazaar is home to one of the world's longest natural beaches. In the east, there are the three hill districts of Bandarban, Rangamati, and Khagrachari, home to the highest mountains in Bangladesh. The region has numerous protected areas, including the Teknaf Game Reserve and the Sitakunda Botanical Garden and Eco Park.[40]

Patenga beach in the main seafront of Chittagong, located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) west of the city.


Under the Köppen climate classification, Chittagong has a tropical monsoon climate (Am).[41]

Chittagong suffered its deadliest cyclone in 1991; it killed 138,000 people and left as many as 10 million homeless.[42]

Climate data for Chittagong
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 31.7
Average high °C (°F) 26
Daily mean °C (°F) 20
Average low °C (°F) 13.9
Record low °C (°F) 5.2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 5.6
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 0 1 2 6 11 17 19 17 13 7 2 1 96
Average relative humidity (%) 70 67 71 75 78 84 86 87 85 82 78 77 78
Source #1: Weatherbase (normals, 30 yr period)[43][unreliable source?]
Source #2: Sistema de Clasificación Bioclimática Mundial (extremes),[44] BBC Weather (humidity and sun)[45]


Chittagong Court

The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) is responsible for governing municipal areas in the Chittagong Metropolitan Area. It is headed by the Mayor of Chittagong. The mayor and ward councillors are elected every five years. The mayor is Awami League leader A. J. M. Nasiuruddin, as of May 2015.[46] The city corporation's mandate is limited to basic civic services, however, the CCC is credited for keeping Chittagong one of the cleaner and most eco-friendly cities in Bangladesh.[47][48] Its principal sources of revenue are municipal taxes and conservancy charges.[6] The Chittagong Development Authority is responsible for implementing the city's urban planning.

Law enforcement is provided by the Chittagong Metropolitan Police and the Rapid Action Battalion-7. The District and Sessions Judge is the head of the local judiciary on behalf of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.[6] The Divisional Special Judge's Court is located in the colonial-era Chittagong Court Building.


Chittagong is a strategically important military port on the Bay of Bengal. The Chittagong Naval Area is the principal base of the Bangladesh Navy and the home port of most Bangladeshi warships.[49] The Bangladesh Naval Academy and the navy's elite special forces are also based in the city.[50] The Bangladesh Army's 24th Infantry Division is based in Chittagong Cantonment, and the Bangladesh Air Force maintains the BAF Zahurul Haq Air Base in Chittagong.[51] The city is also home to the Bangladesh Military Academy, the premier training institute for the country's armed forces.


Main article: Economy of Chittagong
Top publicly traded
companies in Chittagong,

in 2014[52]
Jamuna Oil Company
Padma Oil Company
Meghna Petroleum
GPH Ispat
Aramit Cement
Western Marine Shipyard
Hakkani Pulp & Paper
Chittagong Stock Exchange

Chittagong generates for 40% of Bangladesh's industrial output, 80% of its international trade and 50% of its governmental revenue.[53][54] The Chittagong Stock Exchange has more than 700 listed companies, with a market capitalisation of US$32 billion in June 2015.[52] The city is home to many of the country's oldest and largest corporations.

The Port of Chittagong handled US$60 billion in annual trade in 2011.[54] The Agrabad area is the main central business district of the city. Major Bangladeshi conglomerates headquartered in Chittagong include M. M. Ispahani Limited, BSRM, A K Khan & Company, the PHP Group, James Finlay Bangladesh, the Habib Group, the S. Alam Group of Industries, KDS Group and the T. K. Group of Industries. Major state-owned firms headquartered there include Pragati Industries, the Jamuna Oil Company, the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation and the Padma Oil Company. The Chittagong Export Processing Zone was ranked by the UK-based magazine, Foreign Direct Investment, as one of the leading special economic zones in the world, in 2010.[55] Other SEZs include the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone and Korean EPZ. The city's key industrial sectors include petroleum, steel, shipbuilding, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles, jute, leather goods, vegetable oil refineries, glass manufacturing, electronics and motor vehicles. The Chittagong Tea Auction sets the price of Bangladesh Tea. The Eastern Refinery is Bangladesh's largest oil refinery. GlaxoSmithKline has had operations in Chittagong since 1967.[56] Western Marine Shipyard is a leading Bangladeshi shipbuilder and exporter of medium-sized ocean going vessels. In 2011–12, Chittagong exported approximately US$4.5 billion in ready-made garments.[57] The Karnaphuli Paper Mills were established in 1953. International banks operating in Chittagong include HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citibank NA.

Chittagong is often called Bangladesh's commercial capital due to its diversified industrial base and seaport. The port city has ambitions to develop as a global financial centre and regional transshipment hub, given its proximity to North East India, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan and Southwest China.[58][59]


Further information: Culture of Bangladesh

An inhabitant of Chittagong is called Chittagonian in English. For centuries, the port city has been a melting pot of people from across Bengal and parts of Burma and the Middle East. Its historic trade networks have left a lasting impact on its language, culture and cuisine. The urban Chittagonian dialect of Bengali has many Arabic, Persian, English and Portuguese loanwords.[6] The local traditional feast of Mezban features the cooking of a special beef curry. Dried fish, part of Arakanese cuisine from neighbouring Burma, is also widely consumed.

Chittagong was a flourishing centre of medieval Bengali literature, particularly during the Hussain Shahi dynasty of the Bengal Sultanate. The city was home to prominent poets like Abdul Hakim, Daulat Qazi and Shah Muhammad Sagir. The greatest of Bengal's medieval writers, Alaol Ali Abbas Husaini, also lived in the region during the reign of the Kingdom of Mrauk U. Under the patronage of Sultan Alauddin Husain Shah's governor in Chittagong, Kabindra Parameshvar wrote his Pandabbijay, a Bengali adaptation of the Mahabharata.[60] When the Mughals conquered Chittagong in 1666, Emperor Aurangazeb issued directives to the Mughal viceroy of Bengal, Shaista Khan, to rename the port as Islamabad, meaning the City of Islam. Chittagong was the easternmost imperial district of the Mughal Empire.

Chittagong is known as the Land of the Twelve Saints due to the prevalence of major Sufi shrines in the district. Historically, Sufism played an instrumental role in the spread of Islam in the region. Prominent dargahs include the mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Amanat and the shrine of Bayazid Bastami. Many shrines date back to the 8th and 9th centuries.

Major cultural organisations in the city include the Theatre Institute Chittagong and the Chittagong Performing Arts Academy. The city has a vibrant scene of contemporary art. Being home to the pioneering rock bands in the country like Souls[61] and LRB,[62] Chittagong is regarded as the "birthplace of Bangladeshi rock music".[63][64][65]


Religions in Chittagong City
Religion Percent

Chittagong has a population of 6.5 million,[4] and its Metropolitan Area has a population of 4,009,423.[66] By gender, the population was 54.36% male and 45.64% female, and the literacy rate in the city was 60 percent, in 2002.[4] Muslims form 83.92 percent of the population. Other major religions in the city are Hinduism, at 13.76 percent; Buddhism, at 2.01 percent; Christianity, at 0.11 percent; and others, at 0.2 percent.[6]

Bengalis constitute the largest ethnic group, followed by minorities such as the Chakmas and Marmas.[citation needed] The Bengali-speaking Theravada Buddhists of the area, known as Baruas, are one of the oldest communities in Chittagong and one of the last remnants of Buddhism in Bangladesh.[67][68][69][70] Many Ismailis and Indo-Iranians settled in the city during the 1940s and 1950s. Descendants of Portuguese settlers, often known as Firingis, also live in Chittagong, as well as Catholics, who largely live in the old Portuguese enclave of Paterghatta.[6] There is also a small Urdu-speaking Bihari community living in the ethnic enclave known as Bihari Colony.[71][72]

Chittagong has experienced a rapid reduction in urban poverty in recent years. In 2005, the poverty rate was estimated at 27.8 percent. However, in 2010, the rate had dropped to 11.8 percent, as compared to the national average of 31.5 percent.[73] Like other major urban centres in South Asia, Chittagong has also experienced a steady growth in its slum settlements as a result of the increasing economic activities in the city and emigration from rural areas. According to a poverty reduction publication of the International Monetary Fund, there were 1,814 slums within the city corporation area, inhabited by about 1.8 million slum dwellers, the second highest in the country after the capital, Dhaka.[73] The slum dwellers often face eviction by the local authorities, charging them with illegal abode on government lands.[74][75]

Media and communications[edit]

Further information: Media of Bangladesh

There are several newspapers, including daily newspapers, opposition newspapers and business newspapers, based in Chittagong. Daily newspapers include Dainik Azadi,[76] Peoples View,[77] The Daily Suprobhat Bangladesh, Purbokon, Life, Karnafuli, Jyoti, Rashtrobarta and Azan. Furthermore, there are a number of weekly and monthly newspapers. These include weeklies such as Chattala, Jyoti, and Sultan, and the monthlies such as Sanshodhani, Purobi, Mukulika and Simanto. The only press council in Chittagong is the Chittagong Press Club. Government owned Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar have transmission centres in Chittagong. Chittagong has been featured in all aspects of Bangladeshi popular culture, including television, movies, journals, music and books. Nearly all televisions and radios in Bangladesh have coverage in Chittagong. Renowned Bollywood film director Ashutosh Gowariker directed a movie based on the 1930s Chittagong Uprising,[78] in which Abhishek Bachchan played the lead role.[79][80]


The southern zone of the Bangladesh Power Development Board is responsible for supplying electricity to city dwellers.[81][82] The fire services are provided by the Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defence department, under the Ministry of Home Affairs.[83]

The water supply and sewage systems are managed by the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Chittagong WASA).[84][85] Water is primarily drawn from Karnaphuli River and then purified in the Mohra Purification Plant.[86]

Chittagong has extensive GSM and CDMA coverage, served by all the major mobile operators of the country, including Grameenphone, Banglalink, Citycell, Robi, TeleTalk and Airtel Bangladesh. However, landline telephone services are provided through the state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), as well as some private operators. BTTB also provides broadband Internet services, along with some private ISPs, including the 4G service providers Banglalion[87] and Qubee.[88]


Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, one of the four public engineering universities in Bangladesh

The education system of Chittagong is similar to that of rest of Bangladesh, with four main forms of schooling. The general education system, conveyed in both Bangla and English versions, follows the curriculum prepared by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board, part of the Ministry of Education.[89] Students are required to take four major board examinations: the Primary School Certificate (PSC), the Junior School Certificate (JSC), the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) before moving onto higher education. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Chittagong is responsible for administering SSC and HSC examinations within the city.[90][91] The Madrasah education system is primarily based on Islamic studies, though other subjects are also taught. Students are prepared according to the Dakhil and Alim examinations, which are controlled by the Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board and are equivalent to SSC and HSC examinations of the general education system respectively.[92] There are also several private schools in the city, usually referred to as English medium schools,[89] which follow the General Certificate of Education.

The British Council supervises the O Levels and A levels examinations, conducted twice a year, through the Cambridge International and Edexcel examination boards.[93][94] The Technical and Vocational education system is governed by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) and follow the curriculum prepared by Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB).[95][96] Chittagong College, established in 1869, is the earliest modern institution for higher education in the city.[97] Chittagong University, the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology and the Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University are three public universities in Chittagong. Chittagong Medical College is the only government medical college in Chittagong. Chittagong is home to two of the nation's most prominent public universities, as well as one of Bangladesh's largest universities, the University of Chittagong, which was established in 1966. Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, established in 1968, is one of the four public engineering universities in Bangladesh and the only such university in the Chittagong Division. The city also hosts several other private universities and medical colleges. The Chittagong Independent University (CIU), Asian University for Women, Begum Gulchemonara Trust University, East Delta University, International Islamic University, Premier University, Southern University, University of Information Technology and Sciences and the University of Science & Technology Chittagong are among them. Chittagong has public, denominational and independent schools. Public schools, including pre-schools, primary and secondary schools and special schools are administered by the Ministry of Education and Chittagong Education Board. Chittagong has governmental and non-governmental primary schools, international schools and English medium schools.


The Chittagong Medical College Hospital is the largest state-owned hospital in Chittagong. The Chittagong General Hospital, established in 1901, is the oldest hospital in the city.[98] The Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID) is based the city. Other government-run medical centres in the city include the Family Welfare Centre, TB Hospital, Infectious Disease Hospital, Diabetic Hospital, Mother and Children Hospital and the Police Hospital. Among the city's private hospitals are the Chittagong Metropolitan Hospital, Surgiscope Hospital, CSCR, Centre Point Hospital, National Hospital and Mount Hospital Ltd.[99][100][101]


Transport in Chittagong is similar to that of the capital, Dhaka. Large avenues and roads are present throughout the metropolis. There are various bus systems and taxi services, as well as smaller 'baby' or 'CNG' taxis, which are basically tricycle-structured motor vehicles. There are also traditional manual rickshaws, which are very common. As the population of the city has begun to grow extensively, the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has undertaken some transportation initiatives aimed at easing the traffic congestion in Chittagong. Under this plan, the CDA, along with the Chittagong City Corporation, have constructed some flyovers and expanded the existing roads within the city. There are also some other major expressways and flyovers under-construction, most notably the Chittagong City Outer Ring Road, which runs along the coast of Chittagong city. This ring road includes a marine drive along with five feeder roads, and is also meant to strengthen the embankment of the coast.[102][103][104][105][106] The government has also approved the construction of a 3.4 kilometres (2.1 mi) underwater expressway tunnel through the Karnaphuli river to ensure better connectivity between the northern and southern parts of Chittagong. This tunnel will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh.[107][108][109]

The Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, a major arterial highway, is the only way to access the city by motor vehicle. It is considered a very busy and dangerous highway, and though it is currently a 2-lane highway, it is being upgraded to 4 lanes.[110]

Chittagong can also be accessed by rail. It has a station on the metre gauge, eastern section of the Bangladesh Railway, whose headquarters are also located within the city. There are two main railway stations, on Station Road and in the Pahartali Thana. Trains to Dhaka, Sylhet, Comilla, and Bhairab are available from Chittagong. The Chittagong Circular Railway was introduced in 2013 to ease traffic congestion and to ensure better public transport service to the commuters within the city. The railway includes high-speed DEMU trains each with a carrying capacity of 300 passengers. These DEMU trains also travel on the Chittagong-Laksham route which connects the city with Comilla.[111][112]

Shah Amanat International Airport, located at South Patenga, serves as Chittagong's only airport. It is the second busiest airport in Bangladesh, having international services to Asian destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Jeddah, Muscat, Kuala Lampur and Kolkata. At present, Middle Eastern low-cost carriers like Flydubai, AirArabia and Oman Air operate flights from the city to these destinations. The airport was formerly known as MA Hannan International Airport, but was renamed on 2 April 2005 by the Government of Bangladesh.


Chittagong has produced numerous cricketers, footballers and athletes, who have performed at the national level. Tamim Iqbal, Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin, Aftab Ahmed, Nafees Iqbal, Athar Ali Khan, Nazimuddin, Faisal Hossain are some of the most prominent figures among them. Cricket is the most popular sport in Chittagong, while football, tennis and kabaddi are also popular. A number of stadiums are located in Chittagong with the main one being the multipurpose MA Aziz Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 20,000 and hosts football matches in addition to cricket.[113] MA Aziz Stadium was the stadium where Bangladesh achieved its first ever Test cricket victory, against Zimbabwe in 2005.[114] The stadium now focuses only on football, and is currently the main football venue of the city. Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, is currently the main cricket venue of the city, which was awarded Test status in 2006, hosting both domestic and international cricket matches. The city hosted two group matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, both taking place in Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.[115] Other stadiums in Chittagong include the Women's Complex Ground. Major sporting clubs such as, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Sporting Club are also located in the city.

Chittagong is also home to the Bangladesh Premier League franchise, the Chittagong Kings.

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Chittagong's twin towns and sister cities are:

See also[edit]


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