Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) is going to create employment for more than 60,000 people in 146 industries on 35 acres in Raozan. The project is being implemented with the aim of increasing the contribution to GDP by accelerating poverty alleviation, employment and economic development.
After the visiting the site it was seen that the construction of 5,600 meters of gas pipeline and earth filling work is in the final stage. Moreover, the process of allotment of 164 plots is starting. It was learnt that in this project adjacent to Chattogram-Rangamati highway, some 90 plots of 6,000 sqft in 'A' category, 42 plots consisting of 5,400 sqft in 'B' category and 52 plots of approximately 4,000 to 5,000 square feet (sqft) in special or 'S' category will be constructed. The project area will have facilities with roads, drainage system, gas and electricity connection, etc. The entrepreneurs can set up factories and go into production by phases at the allotted plots.There are preliminary decisions to make food and food products, readymade garments, rubber, leather, chemicals, packaging, forest and forest products, agriculture, light engineering factories in the area.
The land development work has been continued fast despite the coronavirus pandemic. Soil filling work has already become very visible.
According to BSIC sources, there are plans to build another BSIC industrial city in Sandwip outside the BSIC industrial city under Raozan.ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, Member of Parliament for Raozan and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Railways, said on Monday that the BSIC industrial city was being set up in Raozan as part of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's directives for job creation, economic growth and sustainable development across the country.
“Factories will be set up in Raozan based on agriculture, fisheries, rubber, forestry, fruits, technical resources of CUET, skilled trained manpower, etc.
Around 60,000 people will get opportunity to get a job and work here. We have already planted millions of fruit saplings to protect the environment,” he said. ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury also said, “We want to take Raozan and Bangladesh forward through well-planned development in all sectors including food, education, employment, infrastructure, roads, health, housing, electricity, communication and so on.”