Kushtia II BSIC industrial city land complex delays
Only due to land record complexities, there is a delay in setting up a BSIC industrial city in Kumarkhali, Kushtia. Despite repeated government initiatives for the BSIC industrial city, Ala did not see it. The concerned people have welcomed the initiative to set up a new BSIC industrial city.
Although many have got success in the industry with various training and loans from BSIC, some of them have lost their capital due to various reasons. Due to lack of space, various industrial establishments including weaving have sprung up unplanned and scattered. The demand for setting up a BSIC industrial city in Kumarkhali has been coming up for a long time. Its place in Jalapitala was also decided during the BNP coalition government. But when the government changes, that initiative also becomes power. Later, during the tenure of the present government, former MP Abdur Rauf tried but failed. According to the last opinion, local MP Selim Altaf George is trying to set up an industrial city.
In order to build the latest Kumarkhali as an economic zone, an initiative has been taken to set up a new and planned BSIC industrial city. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industries has taken a plan to fill the left side of Kumarkhali Fire Service Station on Kushtia-Rajbari Highway and make it an industrial city.
Confirming the location information, Kushtia BSCIC Deputy General Manager (Acting) Saliyaman Hassan said many people have expressed interest in setting up industrial establishments. But due to the lack of space allotted by BSCIC, unplanned factories have sprung up everywhere. That is why about one hundred acres of land has been allotted in Kumarkhali for setting up a modern and planned new industrial city.
He said the land in the allotted area was earlier identified as a crop, but it was delayed due to an erroneous record of paddy land in the latest record amendment. He said discussions would be held with local people’s representatives, administration, and people of all walks of life on the designated place soon.
It may be mentioned that in 1986, BSIC started its activities in Kumarkhali with a limited range of weaving industry only. The industrial owners of Kumarkhali did not get much help from him. It has survived since 2006 as a branch of the Bangladesh Board. However, the locals know Tantbaird, the government institution on the bank of the pond in front of the municipality, as BSIC.
Masood Rana, director of Rana Textiles, an internationally acclaimed weaver, said it was important to improve the board’s services. The owners of the Kumarkhali weaving industry are hoping to install new modern machinery. He said it was a long time to establish a BSIC industrial city. This successful industrialist was the first to launch an environmentally friendly ETP when BSIC was established.
Regarding the establishment of the expected BSIC industrial city in Kumarkhali, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rajibul Islam Khan said, “The place has been decided five months ago and the activities are going on.”
Kumarkhali Municipality Mayor Samshuzzaman Aur said if the industrial city is developed, the business, trade, and standard of living of the people of the region will improve and the economic strength will be strengthened. The concerned people do not want to see the delay in setting up the much-awaited BSIC industrial city in Kumarkhali only because there is a mistake in the land record amendment. The industrialists who have taken various training from BSIC are getting angry over this. They demanded a speedy solution to all the complexities and demanded the establishment of a BSIC industrial city.