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Heavy industrial complex in limbo

  • Published at 02:34 pm July 24th, 2013
Heavy industrial complex in limbo

Some local people grabbed about 6.23 hectares of cultivable land at Choypukuria under Bogra sadar upazila acquired in 1981 for the proposed Heavy Industrial Complex in Bogra.

The Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) purchased the land to set up the complex.

Solaiman Miha, a local of Godarpara village in the upazila, earlier said the government had acquired his 44 decimals of land for the project in exchange for Tk1500 a decimal.

Bulu Miha too said the government had acquired his 33 decimals of land like Solaiman Miha for the same purpose but the construction for the project is yet to start.

Solaiman said nobody came to him for the land and that’s why he occupied the land for cultivation though the government paid him 90% of the total land value.

Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) Bogra local office took the initiative to set up the Second Industrial Estate Bogra (SIEB) at the proposed Heavy Industrial Complex area in 1995.

Md Abdul Mazid, deputy general manager of the BSCIC, Bogra said  the BSCIC authorities had sent  a  project performa (PP) on April 21, 2010 to the ministry concerned for approval but it is yet to be finalised.

Following the order of the industries minister the BSCIC Bogra office sent another proposal, that too a long time ago. Before that a four-member team was formed on February 8, 2008 to submit a feasibility report on the SIEB proposal.

“The Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) sent a letter to the BSCIC chairman in 1990 to hand over the land but still the land has not been handed over,” said Md Abdul Mazid.

The Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation and BSCIC sources, however, said the proposed Heavy Industrial Complex project has been abandoned in 1999.