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Govt eyes 50,000 jobs in Sylhet Hi-Tech Park

Govt eyes 50,000 jobs in Sylhet Hi-Tech Park

Construction works nearing completion

Sylhet, Jan 24: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib
Hi-Tech Park in Sylhet is expected to
generate some 50 thousand new jobs when it
will start full functioning by March 31.

Hi-Tech Park Authority Managing Director
(MD) Hosne Ara Begum expressed this view
while talking to a group of journalists in
Sylhet on Friday.

At least 80 per cent of the construction
works of the park had been completed by
December 31, 2020.

Hosne Ara Begum said the project would
create a high demand for the local IT
professionals.

After the completion of the park, young
IT professionals will throng Sylhet
instead of coming to Dhaka to work in the
IT park.

"We regularly invite local and foreign
investors to invest here. The global brand
‘Sony’ and local Pran have taken all
industrial lands for establishing their
plants and they will begin their
construction work shortly," she said.

The MD told this correspondent that they
are moving to acquire more land for
getting huge applications for industrial
plots.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park,
Sylhet, Project Director Barrister Md
Golam Sorwar Bhuiyan said that a proposal
was forwarded by the Bangladesh Hi-Tech
Park Authority (BHTPA) to raise the cost
of the work for more land development.

The BHTPA undertook the project to
develop it on an area of 162.82 acres of
land in Companyganj upazila of Sylhet and
developed the land of the area.

Bangladesh Navy-run Dockyard and
Engineering Works Ltd (DEWL) obtained the
land-development work of the hi-tech
project, titled 'Earthwork in periphery
embankment, Site development by carried
dredge-soil and Embankment Slop
Protection' at a contract value of about
Tk 133.19 crore.

Deputy Project Director Firoj Ahmed said
the DEWL was selected for the work through
direct procurement method (DPM) which
means it did not have to compete in tender
process. But, recently, the DEWL proposed
that its contract value be raised, saying
that it will need extra 78,088 cubic
meters of soil and 848,800 cubic meters of
sand for the proposed land development.

After the survey, it revised the
requirement reducing the amount of soil at
47,764 cubic meters and sand at 440,178
cubic meters and proposed raising the
contract value by 12.88 per cent or Tk
17.15 crore.

"Around eighty-percent physical
infrastructure-development works of the
under-construction park here have already
been completed," he added.

Kompaniganj Upazila Parishad Chairman Hazi
Mohammad Shamim Ahmad told this
correspondent that several allocated
organizations started work there. "So, a
huge number of people are getting
opportunity for employment."

The local investors are also getting the
opportunity to invest in the park, he
added.

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