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Bangabangabandhu Industrial City is yet another giant leap

The most significant thing about Bangabandhu Industrial City is that it is going to be commissioned at a time when Bangladesh’s domestic economy, like all countries across the globe, has been worst hit by COVID-19. The commissioning of facilities of this-fortified industrial city will provide jobs to 1.5 million people in the post-COVID-19 second wave situations.
Sakib Hasan
Bangabangabandhu Industrial City is yet another giant leap

The construction work of Bangabandhu Industrial City is going on in full swing and is nearing completion soon. The installation of this Industrial City is surely a fulfillment of a long cherished dream of the present government.

Upon completion, it will go a long way in opening up new vistas of foreign investment and generating avenues of employment opportunities. Politics of development is no longer a mere theoretical slogan. It is now a practical philosophy upon which the visible frameworks of development powerhouses are being built one after another. A few of the most recent development wonders may prominently include Padma Bridge, Dhaka Metrorail, etc.

As per the Master Plan of BEZA (Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority), Bangabandhu Industrial City is to be constructed encompassing 137 square kilometer area of Chittagong’s Mirersarai and Sitakundu and Feni’s Sonagazi by the Sandeep Channel. Although four to five industrial units were scheduled to go into operation this year, COVID-19 has slowed the speed of construction work. Even so, construction works of 13 industrial units are at the last phase of construction. In this most modern industrial city, built after the European and American model, mills and factories will cover 14 thousand acres which meaning 41 percent and the rest 59 percent will include facilities for open spaces, forest cover, port facility, residential area, health centre, training centres and entertainment facilities.

The most significant thing about Bangabandhu Industrial City is that it is going to be commissioned at a time when Bangladesh’s domestic economy, like all countries across the globe, has been worst hit by COVID-19. The commissioning of facilities of this-fortified industrial city will provide jobs to 1.5 million people in the post-COVID-19 second wave situations. On that count, this industrial zone will certainly will go a long way in addressing the most formidable national challenge in addressing the unemployment problem which is being felt by almost every middle-class, lower middle-class and lower class family right now.

It is known to all of us that COVID-19 has taken away both lives and living of millions of people across the globe. As of today, COVID-19 has killed as many as 4.54 million people all over the world. The pandemic and the resulting lockdown have caused 114 people to lose their jobs over 2020 around the world. Over a lakh people have lost their jobs in Bangladesh. In the backdrop of the mentioned dismal job cut situation and squeezed global economy, going into operation of Bangabandhu Industrial City is definitely a heartening news for all Bangladeshis especially for jobless as well as job-seeking people. It well expresses the grave concern and the urge of commitment of the government of Bangladesh in redressing and reducing the financial stress and strain of the Bangladeshi people wrought by COVID-19.

The opening of Bangabandhu Industrial City will make a great breakthrough in the recovery of Bangladeshi economy. It will not only work as an end in itself but also serve as a beckoning light for other potential domestic as well as foreign investors and entrepreneurs to come forward in establishing more such zones to meet the challenges in the way to economic revitalization with invigorated spirit. The trail blazing role that is going to be played by Bangabandhu Industrial City is worth mentioning here since it reflects the obligation of the people-friendly present government to stand by the affected people in real time of need. Surely, this industrial city will hardly cater to the full the gigantic job demands of the people. However, it will certainly solve the unemployment to a great extent.

We all know that people belonging to limited income groups are facing very hard time for one a half years as a direct impact of COVID-19 pandemic. What is imperative at the moment is to ensure the justice and transparency in appointing people to fill in the vacancies. The hardest-hit people should be given the topmost priority in respect of job and that all appointments will be held on the basis of free and fair practice. We hope that job-seeking people in the Bangabandhu Industrial City will get equal and unbiased treatment and that the worst affected people will be served first.

The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of building Bangladesh as ‘Sonar Bangla’ which is why he has dedicated his whole life to free Bangladesh from all sorts of exploitation and discriminations. The present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is pursuing the policy of Bangabandhu and is fast moving forward to reach the goal envisioned by Bangabandhu. Establishment of Bangabandhu Industrial City is undoubtedly a part of the commitment professed by the present government. Though a single unit if counted in isolation, it is a certainly a giant leap in job generation and industrialization when will consider it in the national context.  

The writer is former Associate Professor of English, Bogura Cantonment Public School & College.

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