Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has launched a fresh project to set up a new estate in Rajshahi which would generate job opportunities for nearly 5,000 people, BSS reports. The new project would have 296 industrial plots on 50 acres of land to pave the way for evolvement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region.
Talking to BSS, Jibon Kumar Chowdhury, Director Planning and Development of BSCIC, today said the government has taken the project to develop the socioeconomic conditions of the region utilizing the maximum industrial potentiality. “The industrial estate is being developed to generate more entrepreneurship as well as expand SMEs for the improvement of the socioeconomic condition of the region,” he added.
Jibon Kumar said the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has already allocated Taka 128 crore for the project. “We would start the implementation work immediately after completion of necessary official procedures,” he said. The BSCIC Director said at least 10 per cent of the total industrial plots in the estate would be kept reserved for the women entrepreneurs.
The project scheduled to be implemented by June 2018 would have three types of industrial plots. The number of A-type industrial unit is 83 having 6,000 square feet each while 89 units will be B-type with 4,500 square feet each and the remaining plots will be S-type with the size of 3,500-4,000 square feet.
They said the existing industrial estate of BSCIC Rajshahi has no plots, although the entrepreneurs have been demanding allocation of plots for long. Considering the aspects, the government has taken the project at Parila Union in Paba upazila of Rajshahi district in 50 acres of land.
The existing 325-plot BSCIC industrial estate was established in 1961 on 95.71 acres on the city’s outskirts where the government has been providing electricity, water supply, security, road and drainage facilities to the entrepreneurs for running their business.