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Minister: Every industry should come forward to produce eco-friendly blocks 

  • Max Group has set up a factory on 10 acres of land in Manikganj
  • Factory to start full production after Eid-ul-Azha
Update : 19 Apr 2024, 12:00 AM

Housing and Public Works Minister RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury has said that, to make concrete blocks affordable and accessible in Bangladesh, every industry should come forward to produce eco-friendly bricks.

Speaking at an event after inaugurating Maxcrete Limited’s block factory in Manikganj on Thursday, the minister said it is true that the country is developing, but due to carbon emissions from industrial establishments in developed countries, the climate is having an adverse effect on Bangladesh.

“Dhaka is one of the most polluted cities in the world... Bangladesh is in a dangerous situation. To get rid of this situation, block bricks are being used in the construction of buildings. But in Bangladesh, blocks are not being produced on a larger scale. Every industry should come forward to produce eco-friendly blocks.”

Earlier, he announced the inauguration of the project by flying a pigeon. He also toured different sections of the factory, which has been set up in Megh-Shimul area of ​​Manikganj Sadar Upazila.

The minister said it does not require many things to move the country forward… It needs love. Bangabandhu started the country's journey from zero, and his daughter Sheikh Hasina is leading the country to make it a developing one. It has been possible because of her leadership.

“We also have to try from our positions.”

Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Major General (Retd) Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman Sarkar said: "Such activities should have been started five to seven years ago. But even if it was delayed, it should be moved forward through proper planning."

Mir Manjurur Rahman, the chief architect of the Department of Architecture, said: "This initiative of Max Group is commendable. I like that they will also start making panel blocks after the AAC block. It is not possible for the government to protect the environment alone. If everyone works together, this work will be easier.” 

More campaigns and more advertisements are needed to increase awareness about the benefits of block bricks from people's door to door, he said. 

Max Group Chairman Engineer Golam Mohammad Alamgir said: "The company was established in Manikganj in 1985. Now there are about seven companies here. About 300 women from Manikganj are working here. This is our success. Now, the AAC block is being built at a cost of Tk150 crore to build an environment-friendly industrial factory. 

“We have built this factory, which can produce 365,000 cubic metres of blocks at 20% less cost.”

Sources said the total investment of Max Group in this factory on 10 acres of land is Tk160 crore. The maximum production capacity is 1,000 blocks and panels per day. The factory will go into full production after Eid-ul-Azha.

Experts believe that these blocks and panels are 40% more cost effective, long lasting and durable as compared to burnt clay bricks.

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