September 21, 2020, 5:59 am


Al Fahad

Published:
2020-07-10 11:38:55 BdST

Zajira to get EPZ


Preparations are underway to set up an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) near the gigantic Padma Bridge at Zajira upazila, in Shariatpur. 

Once completed, the new EPZ is believed to boost economic activities and create a large number of new jobs in the district and its adjoining areas.

Kazi Abu Taher, deputy commissioner (DC) of Shariatpur, said that the EPZ project, which will be built on 550 acres of land, has already received the approval from the government.

The establishment of the EPZ is a part of overall developments in the district and its adjoining areas centring the construction of Padma Bridge, the DC said.

The land acquisition process will begin after assessment of land prices and some other matters, he added.

The EPZ will be constructed on the low-lying land at Purbanawdoba, Shenerchar and Barokandi Unions.

Chairmen of three unions recently held a meeting with landowners and most of the landowners showed their willingness to give their land for the EPZ construction.

SM Sirajul Islam, chairman of Barokandi Union Parishad, said that the land remains underwater during most of the year.

“I think the construction of the EPZ will help boost infrastructure development in the entire district and help create new jobs,” he said.

Ismail Molla, chairman of Shenerchar Union Parishad, said the government should start the construction work of the EPZ after completing the land acquisition process.

The underdeveloped areas along the Padma River in Shariatpur and Madaripur began to see a drastic change after the construction work of the Padma Bridge began on December 7, 2014.

The government has already acquired land at (Paschim) Nawdoba Union to build Sheikh Hasina Tant Palli, said Mobarak Ali Shikder, chairman of Zajira Upazila Parishad.

He said an IT Part is also expected to be built in Zajira. “We have sent a proposal. It will be built on 300 bighas of land.”

He said many businessmen bought land in the area to establish industries once the Padma Bridge starts to operate.

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