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Bogra to get 1,800C steel mill on abandoned land

  • Land acquired in 1980 
  • BSEC built boundary wall in 2016
  • Feasibility study is complete
  • Environmental clearance is sought
Update : 05 Apr 2024, 09:57 AM

After 43 years of acquiring land for heavy industrial plants in Bogra, the government has completed all necessary work to set up a steel mill at a cost of Tk1,800 crore, the first of its kind in the northern region which has been lagging behind.

The Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) has already conducted the feasibility study for setting up a plant for the Dhaka Steel Works Limited on 15 acres of land in Chhoypukuria area of Bogra Sadar and has applied for environmental clearance.

The news has caused great enthusiasm among the local people of Bogra and 15 districts of the region.

Last Wednesday, a views exchange meeting was held in Bogra for setting up the steel mill. BSEC Director (Finance) Badrun Nahar was the chief guest at the meeting, which was chaired by Ahsan Habib, Rajshahi divisional director of the Department of Environment. 

Bogra Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Abu Sufian Shafiq and Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Feroza Parveen were special guests.

Badrun Nahar said: “Efforts have been going on for a long time to set up an industrial plant in Chhoypukuria. A feasibility study has been conducted and we have got a positive response. Therefore, we have asked the (industries) ministry to apply for environmental clearance.” 

She added that the steel mill must be environment-friendly. “Studies have been conducted on the harmful effects of noise, air and water pollution, and how to avoid them,” she told reporters.

“The project summary will be submitted to the Planning Commission as soon as possible. The potential cost of the project has been estimated at Tk1,800 crore. If implemented, the factory will create a lot of jobs and many new industries will be developed in the surrounding areas,” she added.

How it started

In 1964, an industrial estate was built on 14.5 acres of land in Fulbari area of Bogra by Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (Bscic). A total of 79 plots were allotted quickly. Later, 18.67 acres of land were acquired there in 1980 due to the need for expansion. 

However, due to rising demand for plots to set up factories and employ skilled workers, 15 acres of land were acquired for setting up a heavy industrial estate in Chhoypukuria of Bogra Sadar next to the Bogra-Naogaon Highway.

In early 1981, the then-president General Ziaur Rahman laid the foundation of the BSEC's heavy industrial project. But the project remained neglected for decades. Locals utilized the land by cultivating paddy. 

In 2016, the BSEC authorities raised a boundary wall. Later, an initiative was taken to set up a factory for manufacturing tractors and agricultural parts there. A signboard was also hung on the wall, which read “Site for Northern Agro Machinery Project”. 

Besides, the BSEC appointed some teachers of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University as project researchers. In 2020, they submitted a positive report with recommendations, based on which the BSEC has come up with the plan to set up a steel mill in Chhoypukuria.

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