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Dhaka Tribune

Oporajeo to resume production Friday

Update : 17 Mar 2015, 09:00 PM

The authorities of Oporajeo jute bag factory in Savar which was damaged in a mysteriousre on Sunday night have decided to resume operations from Friday.

“We will begin limited-scale operations in a school building from Friday. At least 16 out of our 32 machines have totally been damaged in there,” said Kazi Monir Hossain, chief executive worker of the self-owned factory.

Oporajeo (undefeated) having 33 workers used to manufacture di erent jute bags for local and international clients with 48 differnt types of machines. Of the workers, 31 are survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Around 15,000 pieces of nished jute bags, made for a Switzerland buyer, raw materials and most of the machines were damaged in there, Monir said. There was no casualties since the factory was shut at that time.

After the blaze was put out, fire fighters found the back door of the factory broken. Monir suspect that it might be an act of sabotage by miscreants. He said they also found the generator’s fuel tank empty.

Meanwhile, the fire fighters primarily said the fire had not originated from an electric short-circuit as the main switch was found shut. They, however, took a U-turn on Tuesday, Monir told the Dhaka Tribune suspecting that the saboteurs might have influenced the reservice offcials.

The fire broke out around 9:45pm while the fire fighters were able to douse the flame after an hour.

The factory was founded under Songkolon Bangladesh Trust on June 24, 2013 with six plain sewing machines and seven former workers of Rana Plaza. Here the workers, mostly women, are the owners. They aregiven congenial working environment, profit, share, free lunch, medical assistance and educational support for their children. A portion of profit from the factory is given to a primary school established under the same trust.

Monir volunteered to rescue workers from the wreckage of the caved-in Rana Plaza for consecutive eleven days. He along with his friends raised funds for the rehabilitation of the survivors under an organisation named Mukto Tarunnno.

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